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Law student’s job offer yanked after he’s caught saying rape is ‘funny’ and ‘blacks are tree ornaments’

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A law student at the University of Exeter has seen a job offer yanked off the table after a fellow student exposed racist and vile comments he and other classmates made in a group chat.

With BBC News reporting the university is investigating multiple students for posting what were described as “vile, deplorable” racist comments from a private students’ WhatsApp group, the Tab reports that one law student has been informed that a job offer has been withdrawn due to his comments — including one calling rape “funny.”

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The Tab notes that student Matthew Bell, the general secretary of the Bracton Law Society, has been informed his services are no longer needed at Hill Dickinson LLP, a law firm he was previously set to join in September 2019 as part of their graduate program.

Among comments Bell made were homophobic, racist and sexist slurs using language such as, “rape is funny”, “gay marriage should be illegal”, and “blacks are useless tree ornaments.” He also made frequent use of the N-word.

In a statement on Facebook, the law firm where Bell had hoped to find employment, stated: “Following serious allegations made against an individual who was due to join the firm in September 2019, we have now spoken to the individual and revoked his offer of employment. We are deeply disturbed by the messages that were brought to our attention last night and would like to stress that the views expressed by the individual and others involved in this matter do not in any way represent the views of the firm and we absolutely do not condone this behaviour.”

Bell is not the only student under investigation at Exeter, with the Tab posting photos and biographies of all five students who participated in the 2017 group chats under the name “Dodgy Blokes Soc,” which were exposed by fellow student Arslan Motavlai.


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There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness

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As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.

He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”

It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.

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This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend

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As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.

At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.

Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.

The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.

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Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health

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On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.

"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."

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