A slur-spewing Florida man has been arrested after he confronted two Black teenagers and then attacked their car using a pipe.
Local news station WESH reports that Volusia County sheriff's deputies say that 58-year-old Richard Burnham over the weekend approached two Black teens while they were filling up their car at a local gas station.
He immediately became hostile with them and started yelling racial slurs, according to police. He then walked to his own truck, where he pulled out a large pipe that he used to bash the teens' car windows and doors.
As they tried driving away, Burnham then followed them for two miles before deciding to turn back.
When confronted by police about his actions, Burnham claimed that the teens had shot him with an airsoft gun and threatened to kill him.
However, police found no such gun on the victims, and also found other discrepancies in Burnham's claims.
Burnham was released from jail on $40,000 bond on Wednesday, and he faces three counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal mischief.
Nebraska-based Election Systems & Software is refusing to comply with subpoenas issued by the GOP-led audit into the 2020 election in Wisconsin.
According to the Associated Press, the subpoena is extremely broad in the information requested. Another electronic voting company, Dominion, is fighting their machines being handed over to a company hired in a probe on Fulton County, Pennsylvania. In that case, Dominion explained that unaccredited investigators probing their machines are a violation of the contract they have with the county.
In a statement, attorneys for Election Systems & Software made it clear that they won't comply, calling it a "quintessential fishing expedition."
Machines aren't the only thing the company makes, they also do digital tabulators, electronic poll books and ballot printers in addition to software, said the report. They're known for partnering with the Department of Homeland Security in the Critical Infrastructure Program division, including the National Protection and Programs Directorate and the National Cybersecurity Assessment and Technical Services.
The statement from the attorneys explained that the request for information included every document or piece of information for the past two years involving Wisconsin and elections.
The subpoena has been blocked for now as the judge makes a ruling.
A former municipal court judge suspended and criminally charged two years ago with molesting a woman in his law office testified during a disciplinary hearing Wednesday that the contact was accidental and embarrassing — and not the intentional groping the woman tearfully described.
The woman told the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct she visited ex-Judge Nino F. Falcone’s North Bergen firm in August 2019 in her role as the office and billing manager for one of Falcone’s law clients.
She testified Falcone pulled her into a hug to celebrate her birthday, during which he rubbed her back and brushed and squeezed her breasts. When she objected, she said, he grabbed her wrist, implored her to “let me touch you, let me play with you,” and then pulled out his wallet to offer her “birthday money.”
“I felt disgusted. I felt violated,” said the woman, identified in court paperwork and during the virtual hearing only as A.C.
The woman fled the office and reported the incident to Teaneck police that night. Falcone acknowledged “inappropriate” touching and repeatedly apologized to the woman during a phone call the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office secretly recorded a few weeks later.
He was arrested in September 2019 for criminal sexual contact and eventually completed a pretrial intervention program, a diversionary, rehabilitative program for first-time offenders.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Falcone denied most of the woman’s testimony, saying: “Her version of the facts are not my version of the facts.”
“It was not premeditated, and it was not for any personal gratifications or malice on my part. It was just an accident,” he added.
Falcone, now 80, appeared before the committee to respond to its June complaint that he “demeaned the judicial office” and “impugned the integrity of the Judiciary.”
The nearly three-hour hearing ended without a decision. Any discipline would have little public impact, as Falcone retired from his part-time judicial position in North Bergen, which he had held since 1987, in August 2020.
On cross-examination, Falcone’s attorney, Jeff Garrigan, asked the woman if Falcone’s hands slipped and contacted her breasts unintentionally and if she initiated the hug, as Falcone contended.
“Seriously? Seriously?” the woman responded.
The woman told the committee Falcone tried to reach her by phone several times after the encounter, which she regarded as his attempt to possibly bribe her to stay silent.
“Why else would he call my office?” she said.
In one such call, she told the committee, Falcone rebuked her for not stopping the contact, saying: “Why didn’t you smack me? Why didn’t you kick me in the ass?”
Falcone denied the woman’s characterization of the incident and said he normally never makes physical contact with people in his professional work. A hug in this instance was a mistake, he said, and he couldn’t clearly explain why he did it.
“It should never have happened. There should never have been an embrace, there should never have been a hug, because that’s not what I do,” he said.
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