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PA Supreme Court candidate suggested lesbians provoke men into shooting them by ‘fondling each other’

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A Republican lawyer’s candidacy for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is under scrutiny after an examination of his record showed that he promoted a “gay-panic defense” in the case of a man who shot two lesbians.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported on Monday the state Supreme Court candidate Mike George’s defense of Stephen Roy Carr suggested that the two lesbians “might’ve brought the shooting on themselves.”

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After Carr killed 28-year-old Rebecca Wight and shot her girlfriend, Claudia Brenner, in 1988, George set out to “get the local folks talking more about the lesbianism than the murder.”

“That’s why we had to get all the steamy facts of what had happened up on South Mountain out before the public. Sort of let what happened simmer in the public’s imagination,” the attorney later told Harold Pohlman, the author of the book The Whole Truth? A Case of Murder on the Appalachian Trail.

“That meant a full story as to how many times the women were naked and how many times they engaged in lesbian sex. I wanted the graphic details. All of them,” George said. “I wanted it to look like these two women were bold with their lesbianism. That they didn’t hide their lesbianism from anybody, including my client.”

“The more sexually reckless the women appeared, the better for Carr… The one thing that I could not get out of my mind was that the local people did not think much of homosexuals.”

Following Carr’s conviction on a first-degree murder charge, George claimed in a court motion that the two women had provoked his client because they “partook in oral sex” and “put on what the defendant perceived to be a show.”

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Roy Keefer, who was serving as District Attorney at the time, accused George of “nothing more than a ruse in order to slander the victims.”

But Keefer told the Philadelphia Daily News that he didn’t have “any qualms” about voting for George because attorneys had a responsibility to provide a robust defense for their clients.

“I can understand why Claudia has her feelings and I certainly don’t minimize those, but I’ve seen a whole lot more than that one case,” Keefer explained.

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Equality Pennsylvania Executive Director Ted Martin pointed out that George would be in a position to rule on nondiscrimination legislation if he were elected to the state’s highest court.

“He’s proven in the past that he is willing to use questionable and very negative tactics that revolve around a person’s sexual orientation to make his case, and I think that’s wrong,” Martin observed. “It calls into question his ability to be fair and really understand all the sides.”

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“Frankly, what Michael George did to Claudia Brenner is repulsive.”

The American Bar Association has called on states to ban the use of the “gay-panic defense.” California became the first state to do so in 2014.


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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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