An unlicensed driver who deliberately ran over a cyclist, leaving him to die in the road, has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars after previously escaping justice, The Guardian reports.
Joanne Marie McAuley ran down Shui Ki Chan after he gave her the middle finger on a Queensland highway back in 2012. According to accounts of the incident, she took two separate highway exits to hunt down the 25-year-old Hong Kong national as he rode his bike home from work. McAuley claimed that she only intended to scare him but ended up losing control of her car. Chan's body was discovered the next morning.
An “inadequate police investigation” allowed McAuley to escape justice before she was finally charged with murder this June. During the years she avoided punishment, boasted to multiple friends and family about the incident. In one account, she claimed to have run down Chan because he was Asian and had reversed over his body “more than once."
After negotiations, McAuley pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter on Monday. During her sentencing, justice David Boddice slammed McAuley’s “disgraceful behaviour”.
“Because of sheer rage and nothing else you caused the death of a 26-year-old male who was simply riding a bicycle home from work,” he said.
“You deliberately drove your vehicle, which you were incapable of controlling, so close to the deceased that it was inherently likely that he would be struck," he continued. “Your behavior on the night evidenced a complete disregard for human life. Your behavior in the days following and in the ensuing years showed your complete lack of remorse.”
As she was sentenced, McAuley collapsed and screamed, "No."
McAuley, 49, will be eligible for parole in 2026.
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is stepping down as CEO of the social media platform, the company announced. He will be succeeded by Twitter's current chief technology officer, Parag Agrawal.
Dorsey will remain on the board until his term expires in 2022. Agrawal joined Twitter in 2011 and has been CTO since 2017.
In a letter posted on his Twitter account, Dorsey said he was “really sad...yet really happy” about leaving the company and that it was his decision. On Sunday, Dorsey had sent a cryptic tweet reading only “I love Twitter.”
Twitter shares rose 5% to $49.47 in morning trading after the announcement.
Twitter was caught up in the heated political atmosphere leading up to the 2020 election, particularly when it banned former President Donald Trump following his incitement of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Dorsey defended the move, saying Trump’s tweets after the event resulted in a risk to public safety and created an “extraordinary and untenable circumstance” for the company. Trump sued the company, along with Facebook and YouTube, in July for alleged censorship.
Dorsey has faced several distractions as CEO, starting with the fact that he’s also founder and CEO of the payments company Square. Some big investors have openly questioned whether he could effectively lead both companies.
Last year, the company came to an agreement with two of those activist investors that kept Dorsey in the top job and gave a seat on the company board to Elliott Management Corp., which owned about 4% of Twitter’s stock, and another to Silver Lake.
While Twitter has high-profile users like politicians and celebrities and is a favorite of journalists, its user base lags far behind old rivals like Facebook and YouTube and newer ones like TikTok. It has just over 200 million daily active users, a common industry metric.
The early days of Twitter began with a tweet sent by Dorsey on March 21, 2006, that read “just setting up my twttr.” Twitter went through a period of robust growth during its start, but as the growth slowed the San Francisco company began tweaking its format in a bid to make it easier and more engaging to use.
Dorsey became Twitter CEO in 2007, but was forced out the following year. He returned to the role in 2015. In his goodbye letter, Dorsey said he has “worked hard to ensure this company can break away from its founding and founders” and that to focus too much on whether companies are led by their founders is “severely limiting.”
Twitter also announced on Monday a new board chairman, Bret Taylor, to replace its existing chair, Patrick Pichette. Pichette will remain on the board. Taylor has been on Twitter’s board since 2016 and is the president and COO of business software company Salesforce.
The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol has announced it will vote on holding Trump-era Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark.
"According to a report released last week by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, there is credible evidence that, while serving as an official at the Department of Justice, Mr. Clark was involved in efforts to interrupt the peaceful transfer of power. Mr. Clark proposed delivery of a letter to state legislators in Georgia and others encouraging to delay certification of election results. Moreover, he recommended holding a press conference announcing that the Department was investigating allegations of voter fraud despite the lack of evidence that such fraud was present. Both proposals were rejected by Department senior leadership for lacking a factual basis and being inconsistent with the Department’s institutional role," the committee announced on October 13.
Wednesday, December 1st at 7:00 PM\n\nThe Select Committee will vote on a report recommending that the House of Representatives cite Jeffrey Clark for criminal contempt of Congress and refer him for prosecution.— January 6th Committee (@January 6th Committee) 1638211959