BERKELEY TOWNSHIP -- People hoping to visit Island Beach State Park this holiday weekend were not allowed in because of the state government shutdown Gov. Chris Christie ordered amid the state budget standoff in Trenton. But there was one family there: Gov. Chris Christie's. They are using the summer beach house provided by the state for…
Legal expert blasts GOP as ‘a pathetic and dangerous cult’ for whipping votes against Bannon criminal referral
House GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) announced on Thursday that the Republican caucus would whip votes against holding Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon in contempt for refusing to cooperative with the congressional investigation of the Capitol riot.
On Tuesday, the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol unanimously voted for a criminal referral of Bannon to the Department of Justice, setting up a floor vote.
"House GOP leaders are recommending a 'no' vote on the criminal contempt referral for Bannon, Scalise announced in conference this morning, per a source in the room. Not the same as a formal whip against the resolution, but it still shows GOP leaders leaning in hard against it," CNN's Melanie Zanona reported.
Harvard Law professor emeritus Laurence Tribe said the decision was not a surprise.
"No surprise there. Until the GOP becomes a genuine political party again and not just a pathetic and dangerous cult, it will continue to vote 'no' on every effort to restore truth and to prevent another coup and insurrection," Tribe said.
No surprise there. Until the GOP becomes a genuine political party again and not just a pathetic and dangerous cult… https://t.co/LWoluPXw5U— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe) 1634738433.0
“Preserving our Constitution and the Rule of Law is a central purpose of this investigation. The plain fact here is… https://t.co/nszCZ71Q64— January 6th Committee (@January 6th Committee) 1634690597.0
A Texas paramedic with a history of complaints against him is on administrative leave after he was seen on video kicking a homeless man in the head.
The Dallas Fire-Rescue Department released video this week from 2019 of paramedic Brad Cox telling police that he believed the homeless man had started a grass fire.
Video recorded on a police officer's body camera shows Cox telling the homeless man to get up before kicking him in the head. The video was obtained by WFAA.
In addition to being a paramedic, Cox is a trained MMA fighter who was wearing a fireman's boot at the time of the assault.
"Get up again," Cox told the homeless man after kicking him.
After the suspect rose to his feet, he was hit with an MMA-style punch by Cox.
Internal police documents showed that the homeless man was left with "a black eye to his right eye, bloody nose, multiple fractures to his face and a swollen right ankle."
Cox was cleared of any wrongdoing after an investigation by the Dallas Police Department.
The homeless man was identified as Kyle Vess. He is now suing Cox and the city of Dallas.
It's not the first time that complaints have been lodged against the paramedic.
Cox received 12 months probation in 2016 for "falsifying a report to cover up his failure to render aid" to a man who had been robbed. The man later died a day later due to a slow brain bleed caused by the attack.
Watch the video below from WFAA.
Former President Donald Trump's efforts to remake the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department have been completely eliminated by President Joe Biden, CNN reported.
It was mere months after Trump entered the White House that he purged the DOJ of any Obama-era prosecutors, including those working with Trump's transition team like Preet Bharara. After leaving, Bharara confessed that he was fearful Trump would ask him "to do something inappropriate." By Feb. 2020, Trump announced that it was working further to "purge" the Justice Department of what it considered to be "disloyal employees" from the DOJ.
The administration will "take appropriate action" when officials find that Justice Department workers not sufficiently loyal to Trump, a spokesman said at the time.
It was just a few months into the Biden administration that it was announced the DOJ Civil Rights Division would investigate three police departments. The team also said that it would conduct an investigation into Georgia's prison system for possible civil rights violations. A Texas juvenile facility is also under investigation for systemic physical or sexual abuse of children. Within months of taking office, the DOJ announced it would also implement "new limits on chokeholds and no-knock warrants."
"Nationally, Black children are over four times more likely to be incarcerated than White children," said chief Kristen Clarke. "And the disparity is even greater in Texas, where Black children are over five times more likely to be incarcerated."
The boldest of these moves is, perhaps, a review of DOJ police funding that was announced last month. The review relies on a piece of civil rights law known as Title XI, which is often described as the sleeping giant of civil rights law, Bill Yeomans, a former acting assistant attorney general for civil rights told CNN.
Bill Yeomans, a former acting assistant attorney general for civil rights explained that there have been discussions in the past by Democrats for embracing the Civil Rights Division as a way to institute equal rights under Title XI. Now it is finally being implemented to "ensure that public funds are not furthering race discrimination," said Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund president Sherrilyn Ifill called it "big shifts," after Biden took over the presidency. "I don't think there's ever been a Title XI comprehensive review by the Department of Justice."
Under former President Trump's administration, the Justice Department focused more on what it considered to be religious freedom concerns.
"It's a really strong sign that Vanita is going to take care of unfinished business," said former DOJ official Julie Abbate. "Not just go back to the way things were, but make things even better than they were before, because the way things were under Obama, it was the floor if anything."
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