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Polygamist Mormon cult nailed for forcing kids as young as six to work as child laborers

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A federal judge ruled this week that a polygamist Mormon cult in Utah forced nearly 200 children to work outdoors in the cold harvesting crops on behalf of a Utah contracting company that had ties to the sect. The Star-Telegram reports that U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell held Utah-based Paragon Contractors in contempt of court after finding that it used 1,400 workers — including 175 children — as unpaid labor to pick pecans. Some of the children were as young as 6 years old.

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Paragon tried to argue that families from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints had merely volunteered to help with the harvest and weren’t being exploited. However, The Star Telegram notes that the judge “heard from five children and teenagers who said they were pulled out of classes to work long hours while they were growing up in the sect” and “were exposed to cold rain, barred from resting in nearby vans and often given only one snack to eat.” The judge also cited testimony from some of the youngest children claiming that they “wet their pants because there weren’t enough portable toilets for all the workers.”

The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a secretive Mormon sect that has come under fire for allegedly performing underage marriages and discriminating against non-members, among other things.


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Chicago Mayor Lightfoot to Trump: ‘What I really want to say … begins with F and it ends with U’

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CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday ripped President Donald Trump, saying he’s fomenting violence and playing to racist urges for political gain in response to the killing of a black man by a Minneapolis police officer and subsequent rioting.Lightfoot’s comments were an apparent response to Trump tweeting a message that included “When the looting starts, the shooting starts” in reply to rioting in Minneapolis and elsewhere following the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck while he was in custody. Lig... (more…)

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Law enforcement files discredit Brian Kemp’s accusation that Democrats tried to hack the Georgia election

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It was a stunning accusation: Two days before the 2018 election for Georgia governor, Republican Brian Kemp used his power as secretary of state to open an investigation into what he called a “failed hacking attempt” of voter registration systems involving the Democratic Party.

But newly released case files from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reveal that there was no such hacking attempt.

The evidence from the closed investigation indicates that Kemp’s office mistook planned security tests and a warning about potential election security holes for malicious hacking.

Kemp then wrongly accused his political opponents just before Election Day — a high-profile salvo that drew national media attention in one of the most closely watched races of 2018.

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Brooklyn 88 Precinct ‘overrun’ — one night after Minneapolis police station was burned to the ground: report

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Protesters have overrun a police station in New York City, according to a CNN law enforcement analyst.

"NYPD source informs me 88 Pct in Brooklyn just been overrun," former FBI Agent James Gagliano reported Friday evening.

"Police Commissioner Shea has called a Level 3 mobilization. Requires all special units respond and four cars from every command in the city to location," he explained.

He said 84 Precinct and Brooklyn North are also "under siege."

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