Light Blogging This Past Weekend; Get Used To It

Ken AshfordCrimeLeave a Comment

It’s been a few days since I posted anything, because, you know, life. Fortunately, there was only one big story — the suicide of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein while being held on MCC in New York. It came as a surprise to many, especially since he tried to commit suicide in late July. And it turns out that (a) he … Read More

Rhetoric of Trump Gets A Kid Hospitalized After Beating

Ken AshfordCrime, Rightwing Extremism/Violence, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Given the attention to mass shootings, a lot of people overlooked a story that went national about a boy who was beaten by a man (not his relative) because the boy didn’t take off his hat during the national anthem. This all happened A 13-year-old boy was attending a Montana county fair and rodeo on Saturday when he failed to … Read More

Breaking: USA TODAY Shooter?

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#BREAKING — We are aware and are investigating reports of a SHOOTING at USA Today building in Tyson’s, Virginia… Standby for more @WUSA9 — Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA) August 7, 2019 BREAKING: We’ve gotten a text from a family member of an active shooter at the USA Today building near Tyson’s. — Matt Brooks (@mbrooksrjc) August 7, 2019 Police evacuating @USATODAY … Read More

Weekend, Bloody Weekend

Ken AshfordCrime, Gun Control, Immigration and Xenophobia, Racial Homicides, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

This weekend saw two mass shootings with a total casualty count (so far) of 29 people. On Sunday, Americans woke up to news of a shooting rampage in an entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio, where a man wearing body armor shot and killed nine people, including his own sister. Hours earlier, a 21-year-old with a rifle entered a Walmart in … Read More

Federal Government Begins Executions Again After Two Decade Lapse; Names Five To Be Executed

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DOJ website: Attorney General William P. Barr has directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to adopt a proposed Addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol—clearing the way for the federal government to resume capital punishment after a nearly two decade lapse, and bringing justice to victims of the most horrific crimes.  The Attorney General has further directed the Acting Director … Read More

Epstein Denied Bail

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Jeffrey Epstein has been denied bail. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman announced the decision at a hearing just now, siding with prosecutors after they and defense attorneys traded arguments for more than a week about whether Epstein could be released to some sort of home confinement. Epstein, 66, was arrested on July 6 after landing at New Jersey’s Teterboro … Read More

Emoluments Case Dismissed

Ken AshfordConstitution, Crime, Political Scandals, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The Fourth Circuit just sided with President Trump, dismissing a lawsuit claiming the president is illegally profiting from foreign and state government visitors at his luxury hotel in downtown Washington. The unanimous ruling is a victory for the president in a novel case brought by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia involving anti-corruption provisions in the … Read More

Jeffrey Epstein Charged As Sex Trafficker; Who Is Worried?

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Jeffrey Epstein, a prominent money manager who owns sprawling homes in Palm Beach, New York, the Virgin Islands and other locales, was just charged as a sex trafficker and pedophile by federal prosecutors. Epstein, who has been accused repeatedly over the years of manipulating and molesting underage girls, was arrested at a New Jersey airport on Saturday, according to multiple media reports. The Daily Beast, which broke the news of … Read More

Justice

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James Fields Jr.— who drove his car into a crowd of protesters and killed activist Heather Heyer at a white nationalist rally in Virginia in 2017—was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges and admitted to deliberately driving his car into protesters. He will be sentenced separately next month on state … Read More

Nobody Pays Attention To Trump’s Rape Victim

Ken AshfordCrime, Political Scandals, Sex Scandals, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

This is how low we’ve sunk. A very credible claim of rape, and it doesn’t register on the news: Acclaimed author E. Jean Carroll publicly alleged for the first time Friday that President Donald Trump raped her in a dressing room in the mid-1990s. Two days later, the hosts of the most popular Sunday morning talk shows in the U.S. … Read More

Alex Jones Is Having A Very Bad Day

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Connecticut Post: Conspiracy theorist and InfoWars host Alex Jones sent child pornography to the lawyers for the families of the Sandy Hook tragedy, their lawyers said. The law firm representing the families of the 2012 mass shooting, stated in court documents filed Monday they have contacted the FBI after discovering child porn in electronic files Jones recently turned over to … Read More

Dallas Shooting

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Shooter in Dallas this morning — fortunately, nobody hurt: Insane photo @TomFoxPhoto from @dallasnews snapped of the shooter in Dallas today https://t.co/awHI7hsdN1 pic.twitter.com/VOtRHBNDEO — Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) June 17, 2019 #BREAKING: Video of possible shooting suspect holding what appears to be an assault-style rifle near federal building in downtown Dallas. Alleged shooter in custody, unknown injuries. @GillianNHughes pic.twitter.com/9rmeeSI0pF — … Read More

Trump Stonewalling Is A Constitutional Crisis In Itself

Ken AshfordCongress, Courts/Law, Crime, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Donald Trump, the Trump Organization, and Trump’s children with wife No. 1 have combined to sue Deutsche Bank and Capital One in an effort to force them to ignore a congressional subpoena. Among other things, the suit alleges that the subpoenas constitute “harassment” and makes the odd claim that the House Intelligence Committee failed to “negotiate” with Trump over the scope of the order. … Read More

Breaking: Russian Gun Rights Activist Maria Butina Sentenced To 18 Months After Conspiring To Infiltrate The NRA

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Crime, Gun Control, L'Affaire Russe, RussiaLeave a Comment

Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina was sentenced to an 18-month prison term Friday in Washington after failing to register as a foreign agent for conspiring to infiltrate conservative U.S. political circles for the Kremlin. Butina, 30, pleaded guilty in December to conspiring with a senior Russian official to access the National Rifle Association among other groups from 2015 until she was … Read More