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Serial rape suspect says Facebook chats show victims plotted to frame him

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Attorneys for an accused Arizona serial rapist say social media records show his accusers plotted to frame him.

Tyler Kost appeared Monday in court, nearly a year after he was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting up to 12 women and girls and threatening to kill victims and witnesses.

His attorney argued that Facebook chat records should be introduced as evidence in the case, saying the 19-year-old Kost’s accusers conspired against him.

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“What we know now is that there was a group of girls who conspired against Tyler to put him in jail,” argued attorney Christine Whalin. “They succeeded in that, and Tyler has now been in jail for over a year based on those lies.”

Defense attorneys claimed Facebook messages obtained by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office show evidence of the plot.

“Let’s f*ck with his mind and car,” one message reads, according to court filings.

Another girl said Kost needed to be “taught a lesson,” while another message suggests the teens “should sacrifice him to Satan.”

One girl said she was “down” to participate in the conspiracy, while another message shows a girl who said, “I already know this is going to be so much fun!”

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The teens made plans to watch the 2006 movie, “John Tucker Must Die,” which depicts a group of high school girls who take revenge on a cheating ex-boyfriend.

Kost’s lawyer said her client was the victim of a plot intended as “revenge for him being a player.”

However, one of the participants in the chats said Kost and his lawyer were attempting to blame the real victims in the case.

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“We were just a bunch of pissed off teenage girls,” said Michelle Holmes, who is not among the listed victims. “We were just ranting and venting and getting it off our chest.”

The judge will decide within a few weeks whether the Facebook chats will be admissible as evidence.

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CNN legal analyst flattens Rick Santorum for ridiculous impeachment defense of Trump

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Former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum was shut down on CNN for his latest defense of President Donald Trump.

Santorum was effectively arguing for people to ignore the words coming from Trump.

"Wait, this argument is insane," Carrie Cordero said. "You cannot argue that the president of the United States' words do not matter or that he's just sort of spouting off or he has his own views."

"The reality is we ignore 80 to 90% of what the president says," Santorum argued. "Look at the tweets, we ignore most of those things he tweets and say 'it's Trump being Trump.'"

Then CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin flattened Santorum.

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Sondland is in ‘tremendous trouble’ no matter how he tries to change his testimony tomorrow: NYT columnist

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On Tuesday, in the wake of testimony from several witnesses in the impeachment hearing that broadly implicated EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland in improper backchannel foreign policy, New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali suggested that Sondland is in "tremendous trouble" — and that no testimony he could give tomorrow will get him out of this mess:

No. He will be trying to save himself. The perjury plus multiple stellar witnesses paint a damning portrait. He's in tremendous trouble. https://t.co/CxN5w0EErb

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Even the Republican witnesses make Donald Trump look like a depraved criminal

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The second half of Tuesday's hearing offered something new in the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry: Witnesses called by the Republican minority on the House Intelligence Committee. It's understandable why Republicans would want these two men.

One of them was Tim Morrison, a former National Security Council aide who is among the few people directly exposed to Trump's famous phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky who claims to believe there was nothing wrong with it. The other was Kurt Volker, a former special envoy to Ukraine, who appears to have been a major actor in Trump's extortion scheme in that country. Indeed, Volker was deemed one of the "three amigos" — along with Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Trump donor/EU ambassador Gordon Sondland — who Trump entrusted with Ukrainian relations as he exerted increasing pressure on the country's leaders to give into his extortion scheme.

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