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Neo-Nazis who plotted bomb attack face harsher sentencing after judge declares them domestic terrorists
Two members of a neo-Nazi paramilitary group were officially declared terrorists in a federal case in Maryland Monday, according to Winnipeg News reporter Ryan Thorpe.
Defendants Patrik Mathews and Brian Lemley Jr. appeared for a joint sentencing hearing in which prosecutors attempted to add a terrorism sentencing enhancement onto the case. Doing so dramatically increases the time the men would spend behind bars.
The men were convicted of planning a bombing attack in Richmond, Virginia but the plot never occurred because law enforcement thwarted it. The prosecution asked for a 25-year prison sentence, but the unsealed sentencing memo quotes the defense attorney calling it, "grossly disproportionate." The excuse was that the terrorist attack never happened.
The judge agreed with the prosecution, ultimately deciding that the men met the standards to be charged with the terrorism enhancement for sentencing.
This is the most recent example of a terrorism sentence in the United States, at a time Americans are asking questions about whether Jan. 6 attackers could be considered terrorists. While the U.S. Patriot Act redefined "domestic terrorism," Section 802 never created a new charge of "domestic terrorism." It makes the sentencing part of a trial the only real option to give additional punishments for acts of domestic terrorism.
Trump is creating landmines for GOP by backing candidates with 'messy personal histories': CNN reporter
On CNN Monday, reporter Sara Murray revealed how Republican strategists are worried former President Donald Trump's endorsement of candidates with "messy personal histories" could cost the GOP winnable races in 2022.
"Donald Trump defied political norms, and he's doing it again post-presidency, with a round of endorsements for candidates whose troubled histories have come under scrutiny," said Murray. "Trump throwing his supportbehind Herschel Walker's Senate campaign in Georgia, Sean Parnell in Pennsylvania, or Max Miller's quest for Congress in Ohio."
Murray then outlined why these endorsements were potential landmines for the GOP.
"Trump endorsing Miller, a former White House adviser and ex-boyfriend of Stephanie Grisham, even after Grisham says she told Donald and Melania Trump it was an abusive relationship," noted Murray.
Meanwhile, Trump has backed former football player Walker "even though [he] has been accused of threatening his ex-wife and friend of his ex-wife's in the early 2000s."
And "in Pennsylvania, one of Parnell's GOP opponents [is trying] to use two protection from abuse orders filed against Parnell by his estranged wife in 2017 and 2018 as political weapons."
Murray noted that despite GOP fears about the viability of all these candidates, "Donald Trump is not backing away from any of these endorsements. His spokesperson said he's 'proud to endorse patriots who love our country and he'll not be dissuaded from supporting great candidates despite smear campaigns.'"
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Video testimony delivered by former President Donald Trump earlier this fall could be shown as soon as next May, Business Insider reports.
The deposition was taken as part of a lawsuit filed by protesters who claim they were physically assaulted by Trump security guards while demonstrating outside Trump Tower in 2015.
According to Business Insider, a judge has set a trial date for the lawsuit in May, where video of the deposition will likely be seen for the first time.
Trump reportedly testified for four hours during the deposition, although it's not clear what specifics he was asked at that time.
In addition to the former president, the protesters are also suing the Trump Organization, his campaign, and members of his security team.
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