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Chicago man accused of sex trafficking claims his jury won’t be impartial because of the #MeToo movement

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Attorneys representing a man accused of selling women into sex slavery wants to get his trial postponed because they don’t believe he’ll be judged by a fair jury in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

As the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday, lawyers for Benjamin Biancofiori, a man accused of issuing “death threats, vicious beatings and other abuse to force women into sexual servitude,” submitted a motion to the U.S. attorney’s office Tuesday that linked the defendant to Harvey Weinstein when asking for a delay in his trial.

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“In view of the extraordinary attention to and enflamed (sic) societal passion on the subject of male sexual misconduct, Mr. Biancofiori cannot hope to select a jury that is untainted by the veritable flood of reporting on the subject,” Andrea Gambino, Biancofiori’s lawyer, wrote in the motion.

The motion further argued that Gambino would need to create a questionnaire to weed out jurors who’ve engaged in the #MeToo movement or have had “their own individual experiences with male sexual misconduct.”

This isn’t the first time, the Tribune‘s report noted, that Biancofiori’s trial has run into roadblocks. His lawyers are also trying to keep “a 124-page handwritten manifesto on pimping” from the evidence pool against Biancofiori. In the manifesto, which his attorneys dismissed as “an incomplete work of fiction,” the defendant “detailed how he traveled the country with the women he trafficked, setting up sex ads on classified websites and “makin’ money in no time.'”

A pimp, Biancofiori wrote, is a businessman who possesses “a distinctive character with an exceptional intellect who possesses the ability to deal with the most difficult tasks with ease.”

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Ex-GOP senator hammers lawmakers quaking in their boots out of fear of Trump: ‘Why are you there?’

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Appearing on CNN on Wednesday morning, retired Sen. William Cohen (R-ME) hammered members of his own party still sitting in the Senate who refuse to take on Donald Trump, saying they are failing the country and themselves by standing by in fear.

Speaking with CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, Cohen said kowtowing to the president is nothing new, but has grown worse over the past ten years.

"Some of it has to do with external pressures, that of social media, talk radio, specific channels that have a particular view and then hammer that view home to the constituents who then pressure the members of Congress," he explained. "But you have to ask yourself: Why are you a senator? Why are you there? Are you acting out of sheer fear that if you speak up and take a position that's controversial you'll be punished?"

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Legal experts speculate Bill Barr was merely ‘nonsense posturing’ when he claimed Trump’s tweets made his job ‘impossible’

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Attorney General William Barr recently complained that President Donald Trump makes it “impossible” for him to do his job when he tweets about cases that are still making their way through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the federal courts — for example, the criminal case of long-time Trump ally and veteran GOP operative Roger Stone. But Barr remains a Trump loyalist, and Law & Crime reporter Jerry Lambe notes in an article published on February 25 that Trump continues to tweet about Stone’s case.

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Adam Schiff explains how Trump just crippled US election security with appointment of ‘loyalist’ intel director

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) warned on Wednesday that election security in the United States is in jeopardy due to President Donald Trump's choice for acting director of national intelligence.

CNN's Manu Raju asked Schiff about the appointment of Richard Grenell as the nation's top intelligence coordinator.

"He has little to no relevant experience except for being a Trump loyalist," Schiff noted. "And the level of confidence that we can have that we will get fully informed of threats to our elections has just gone down to practically none."

Grenell, who currently serves as the ambassador to Germany, has come under fire from Democrats for possibly violating federal law after he "failed to inform the department about work he did for foreign entities before joining the Trump administration," according to CBS News.

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