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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.”

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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!”

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.”

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

“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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Pennsylvania Republican senator arrested and charged with possession of child pornography

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According to a release from Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Republican state Sen. Michael Folmer has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

The release said that the investigation began as the result of a CyberTip about Tumblr discovering that a user had uploaded child pornography onto their site. It ultimately led to the home of Folmer in Lebanon, PA. A search warrant yielded images on Folmer's phone.

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Netanyahu refuses to concede after he falls short — blames media instead

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Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, refused to concede after being down in the election night polls. Like the last election, Netanyahu is claiming his own personal victory and blaming the media for all of his woes.

Senior Diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid, at Channel 13 News in Tel-Aviv, was live-tweeting the election results late Tuesday night.

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"Netanyahu says Israel needs a Zionist government that is committed for Israel as a Jewish state. No government can be based on support from Arab parties," Ravid said.

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Mitch McConnell crony running for Kentucky AG is ineligible for office: lawsuit

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On Tuesday, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that a new lawsuit seeks to remove Daniel Cameron from the ballot as the Kentucky GOP's nominee for state attorney general.

According to the lawsuit, filed by retired union worker and "concerned citizen" Joseph Leon Jackson Sr. in Jefferson Circuit Court, Cameron does not meet the office requirement of having practiced law for eight years — because although he was admitted by the Kentucky Bar Association in 2011, he spent two of the following years clerking for U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove.

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