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Trial begins for mother who fatally poisoned her autistic son in posh hotel room

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A wealthy New York socialite and former pharmacy executive went on trial Wednesday for the poisoning death of her severely autistic 8-year-old son. Gigi Jordan, 54, admits that she force-fed her son a toxic mixture of crushed pills and vodka in a room at New York City’s tony Peninsula Hotel in February of 2010, but insists that she only did so out of a mother’s mercy.

According to CBS New York, Jordan flushed the toxic cocktail down her son Jude Michael Mirra’s throat with a syringe, then balanced her checkbook and conducted financial transactions as he lay dying on the bed.

The next morning, Jordan ingested the same mixture of barbiturate drugs and alcohol in an apparent attempt to take her own life, but was rescued when law enforcement personnel burst into the room.

Jordan claims that her intention was to rescue her son from a life of suffering because of his disability and the years of sexual abuse inflicted on him by his father and stepfather.

Prosecutors say that Jordan is lying about the mercy-killing, maintaining that the multimillionaire only wanted back her life as a glamorous socialite, unencumbered by a child with special needs who required an intensive regimen of care.

On the night of Feb. 4, 2010, Jordan administered the overdose to her son, then reviewed her finances. She telephoned her financial advisor and transferred $125,000 from her dying son’s trust fund into her own account. Before checking in to the Peninsula, she transferred $8 million from savings to checking.

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She then emailed relatives explaining her plan to kill her son and herself, triggering a frantic search by police.

By morning, the boy was dead and Jordan took her own share of the alcohol and drug mixture. Police found her before she lost consciousness, babbling on the floor of her $2,300 per night suite.

According to officers on the scene, however, Jordan was lucid enough to tell them, “I want a lawyer” before anything else.

The Daily Mail reported that lead prosecuting attorney Matthew Bogdanos said to the jury on Wednesday, “Ms. Jordan is so distraught, so emotional, so emotionally disturbed that she balances her checkbook in that room on her bed with her dead child only a few feet away.”

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Jordan’s defense team, however, said that the boy’s father, Ray Mirra, is an associate of the Philadelphia mob who threatened to kill both her and 8-year-old Jude if Jordan revealed that he was a black market dealer of prescription drugs.

The boy’s stepfather, Emil Tzekov, attorney Allan Brenner says, is a sexual predator who molested the boy from infancy onward.

In killing her son, Brenner said, Jordan “brought him the peace she couldn’t give him during his life. She protected him from the animals that she couldn’t keep from his door before then.”

The trial is expected to continue into November.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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‘Weakness doesn’t win elections’: Indivisible co-founder explains why members are holding #ImpeachTrump rallies

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The growing support to commence impeachment proceedings by House Democrats is driven by their need to fire up grassroots support to hold control of the chamber, an Indivisible co-founder explained on MSNBC.

"The call for impeachment continues. this as protesters are hitting the street in more than 140 rallies planned across the country. Organizers say the "Impeach Trump" event is a day of action urging House Democrats to start impeachment proceedings," MSNBC's Richard Lui reported Saturday.

"A new survey from the indivisible project finds 80 percent of their respondents say the House should start impeachment proceedings," he noted. "Right now in the House, 63 Democrats and one Republican support impeachment."

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Mississippi fast food cashier ‘terminated immediately’ for ugly racist slur on customer’s receipt

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The owner of a fast food restaurant in Mississippi "terminated immediately" an employee after a racist and misogynistic slur of patrons.

When Lex Washington visited Who Dat's Drive-Thru in Oxford with her roommate, the cashier listed them on the receipt as "black b*tches in a silver car."

A manager reportedly refused to apologize at the time, and instead "laughed in her face."

A photo of the receipt then spread on social media.

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