A Wisconsin judge on Monday indefinitely halted the case of two teenage girls accused of stabbing their classmate to please the fictional Internet character Slenderman while lawyers appeal for it to be moved to juvenile court, court records show.
Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, both charged as adults with attempted first-degree homicide, are accused of stabbing a girl 19 times in May 2014 in Waukesha, a Milwaukee suburb. All three girls were 12 years old at the time.
Waukesha District Court Judge Michael Bohren postponed the case, which was set to go to trial on Oct. 15, to give a state appeals court time to review the request to move the case filed by the teenagers’ attorneys, online court records showed.
Wisconsin law requires cases to begin in adult court if they involve juvenile suspects at least 10 years old who are charged with first-degree attempted intentional homicide.
Weier and Geyser could be sentenced to up to 60 years in prison if they are convicted as adults. They could be held until age 25 if convicted as juveniles.
The attorneys are arguing that Bohren did not properly apply the law when weighing the evidence and testimony presented during hearings this summer after which he ruled that the case should stay in adult court, according to court documents.
Prosecutors say the girls lured a classmate into the woods after a sleep-over and stabbed her repeatedly to impress Slenderman, a fictional Internet character. The victim survived the attack and returned to school in fall 2014.
Legendary civil rights icon John Lewis unloads on Trump from the House floor: ‘I know racism when I see it’
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As chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Lewis was one of the "Big Six" civil rights leaders who organized the 1963 March on Washington during with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I have a dream" speech.
"I rise with a sense of righteous indignation to support this resolution," Lewis began.
"I know racism when I see it. I know racism when I feel it," he explained. "And at the highest level of government, there’s no room for racism."
US withholds cash from UN Population Fund over China abortions
The United States said Tuesday it will again withhold contributions to the UN Population Fund due to its work with China, which controls family size, as the agency accused Washington of jeopardizing women's health.
It marked the third straight year that the United States has refused to fund the UN body as President Donald Trump's administration seeks to combat abortion, a pivotal issue for his evangelical Christian base.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo determined that "China's family planning policies still involve the use of coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization practices," conditions that under US law require an end to funding, a State Department spokeswoman said.
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"Kim Jong-un's regime is once again in negotiation by intimidation," said Todd. "Just two weeks after their historic meeting at the DMZ, and President Trump's short stroll into North Korea, North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-un appears to be threatening to start testing his nuclear weapons again. In a new statement, Kim's foreign ministry calls the joint U.S./South Korean military exercises planned for next month a breach of the main spirit of what President Trump and Kim agreed to in Singapore, and says, 'We are gradually losing our justifications to follow through on the commitments we made with the U.S."