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Wisconsin prison guard who allegedly threw gay woman into a fire will get hate crime charges dropped: report
On Friday, the Green Bay Press Gazette reported that a prison guard in Brown County, Wisconsin will be given a plea deal that removes hate crime charges after he allegedly threw an LGBTQ woman into a fire.
"According to police reports and witness accounts, on July 3, 2021, Green Bay Correctional Institute officer Shane Nolan called Dessiray Koss a derogatory term for LGBTQ people, threw her into an active fire pit and tried to strangle her when she fought back," reported Natalie Eilbert. "Koss is openly gay and was at her private residence at the time of the incident. The attack was sudden and unprovoked, according to Koss and her sister, who said she witnessed the assault." Koss reportedly required plastic surgery to repair severe burns and is still recovering from the attack.
Nolan, for his part, claims that he blacked out while drinking during the time of the attack, that he woke up to being assaulted, and that he never used any slurs.
"By July 15, Brown County prosecutors had charged Nolan with one felony charge and one misdemeanor — substantial battery and disorderly conduct, respectively — both with hate crime modifiers that would add nearly seven more years of prison time and thousands of dollars in fines if he was convicted," said the report.
However, the plea deal reportedly on the table would reduce Nolan's offense to three misdemeanors and remove the hate crime enhancements — and local anti-violence program director Kathy Flores believes the plea is because the prosecutor fears a jury won't convict a law enforcement official.
This comes shortly after a tragic incident in Oslo, Norway in which a gunman opened fire at a gay bar during a national Pride event, killing two people and injuring ten.
Hate crimes against LGBTQ persons have become commonplace, and experts have long believed these crimes are underreported, in part because of a lack of trust in law enforcement.
'Very big deal': Former J6 Committee investigator says messages sent to Cassidy Hutchinson should be referred to DOJ
Discussing reports that associates of former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows attempted to influence the testimony of former senior Meadows' aide Cassidy Hutchinson, a former investigator for the Jan 6th committee claimed the Department of Justice needs to step in.
Speaking with hosts Brianna Keilar and John Berman, attorney John Wood said the revelations so far have been devastating to Donald Trump and members of his inner circle, and that attempts to influence witnesses has been a disturbing development.
"To be clear, CNN is reporting that Cassidy Hutchinson herself told the committee that she did receive a message from someone in Trump world that she perceived to be trying to influence her testimony," host Berman prompted. "How big after a deal in your mind is that?"
"It is a very big deal," Wood quickly responded. "It is something that the committee needs to look into and potentially refer to the Justice Department."
"I'm sure the person who sent the message, and according to the media it was Mark Meadows, but I don't have any personal knowledge of that, the person who sent the message I'm sure will say, 'oh, no, I just meant it innocently'," he elaborated. "But the way those messages sound, it certainly sounds like they were intended to influence in some way Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony."
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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday said he would not back former President Donald Trump in 2024 after the J6 Committee hearings had revealed him to be a "threat to our democracy."
Appearing on CBS News, Hutchinson was asked about Rep. Liz Cheney's (R-WY) remarks this week in which she called Trump a "domestic threat" to the nation.
Hutchinson gave Cheney's assessment a full-throated endorsement.
"As you can see from the testimony on January 6th and subsequent to the election, where he was challenging the legality of it, the lawful transfer of party, yes, that was a threat to our democracy," he said. "That was a threat to our institutions of government, and that's not the behavior we want to see in a responsible president."
Hutchinson went on to say that he still doubts the J6 Committee has made the case that Trump committed crimes in the wake of the 2020 election, but said he still believed the committee had provided more than enough evidence that Trump should never be president again.
"I would be supporting him for 2024," he said. "He acted irresponsibly during that time he was a risk to the nation, absolutely."
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