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Colorado man who allegedly murdered his wife claims marijuana candy drove him insane

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A man pleading insanity in the murder of his wife while she was on the phone with 911 apparently ate pot candy before the killing, the Associated Press reports. His l

Richard Kirk, 49,  is facing first-degree murder charges in the killing of his wife last year, the AP reports. His defense attorneys have said he was high from eating “Karma Kandy Orange Ginger” and he didn’t intend to kill her. He has changed his plea from not guilty to insanity.

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The killing stoked fears in Colorado over the safety of marijuana snacks since the state legalized recreational marijuana stores, according to the AP. Lawmakers have been tightening restrictions on pot edibles because of this case and a college student who jumped off a hotel balcony after eating a marijuana cookie.

Experts said the pot excuse won’t fly in court.

“At the end of the day, he’s not going to be found insane because of some edible marijuana he ingested,” Steven Pitt, a forensic psychiatrist, told the AP. “If he’s legally insane, it will be because he has a mental disease or defect that is separate and apart from his substance use, which resulted in him being unable to appreciate the wrongfulness of his conduct.”

When his wife, Kristine Kirk, was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher, she said her husband was acting paranoid and having hallucinations after eating candy he bought at a marijuana shop. He had climbed through a bedroom window, cutting his legs on broke glass. He went for a gun safe and opened it while his wife pleaded for him not to.

Dispatchers heard the gun go off and then Kristine Kirk went silent. According to the AP, the couple’s three sons were home at the time.

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The couple had growing marital and financial problems, and Kristine Kirk was covered by a $340,000 life insurance policy. She had told friends she was becoming afraid of her husband because of their escalating fights.


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BUSTED: Trump’s new spy chief worked for foreign politician the US accused of corruption

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by Isaac Arnsdorf

President Donald Trump’s new acting intelligence director, Richard Grenell, used to do consulting work on behalf of an Eastern European oligarch who is now a fugitive and was recently barred from entering the U.S. under anti-corruption sanctions imposed last month by the State Department.

In 2016, Grenell wrote several articles defending the oligarch, a Moldovan politician named Vladimir Plahotniuc, but did not disclose that he was being paid, according to records and interviews. Grenell also did not register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which generally requires people to disclose work in the U.S. on behalf of foreign politicians.

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Rosie O’Donnell hilariously responds to attacks from ‘demented liar’ Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump lashed out at Rosie O'Donnell during a campaign rally in Las Vegas on Friday.

During his third rally in as many days, Trump alleged that O'Donnell had committed crimes.

O'Donnell, who had been friendly with Trump before he began publicly feuding with her, responded to the news on Twitter.

fuck off u demented liar #TrumpRussiaCollusion https://t.co/GJIGne4WI7

— ROSIE (@Rosie) February 21, 2020

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Bernie Sanders responds to report that Russia is intervening to boost his campaign

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) urged Russia to stay out of the upcoming 2020 election in response to a new Washington Post article, which reported Friday that the Democratic frontrunner has been briefed by U.S. officials that the foreign government is trying to boost his candidacy.

“I don’t care, frankly, who Putin wants to be president,” Sanders told the outlet. “My message to Putin is clear: stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do."

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