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Texas judge threatens to hold notorious prosecutor in contempt of court for evading testimony in death penalty case: report

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The notorious Texas prosecutor nicknamed the “giant killer” is facing contempt of court charges for evading testimony in a death penalty case, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday.

Former Harris County prosecutor Kelly Siegler hosted the crime show “Cold Justice” on the Oxygen network.

“Officials tried eight times over two weeks in late March and early April to deliver paperwork ordering Siegler to appear, according to court documents. U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison in Houston said Thursday he might sanction her if she fails to accept his court order mandating her presence at a court hearing next week for Ronald Jeffrey Prible, a death row inmate convicted of killing a family of five,” the newspaper reported.

“I have to draw the harshest possible inference from that,” the judge said. “I’m very disappointed an officer of the court would take that position, and I’m not ruling out a contempt proceeding.”

Siegler secured death sentences nineteen of the twenty times she pursued execution.

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The newspaper noted, “Siegler has faced a series of court rebukes for misconduct that prioritized convictions over fairness and disclosure.”

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Trump believes white nationalism is a winning strategy — because Fox News tells him so

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Donald Trump thinks white nationalism is going to win him the 2020 election. This much is clear. Trump's racist Twitter rant on Sunday — in which he suggested that four nonwhite congresswomen, three of whom were born in the United States, are "originally" from somewhere else and should therefore "go back" — might have seemed at first like a spontaneous eruption of racist rage from the simmering bigot in the White House.

Soon, however, it became clear that this was strategic. Trump thinks it's a winning move to echo the claims of David Duke and other white nationalists who believe the United States is for white people. He justified his racism by saying that "many people agree with me," and by continuing to rave on Twitter about how the real purveyors of "racist hatred" are those who look askance at his embracing the rhetoric of Stormfront and the KKK.

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Judge boots Roger Stone off all major social media platforms in expansion of gag order

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Trump ally Roger Stone, who is due to be tried on multiple charges ranging from obstruction of justice to witness tampering later this year, got slapped this week with an expanded gag order that barred him from using all major social media platforms.

The Washington Post reports that Judge Amy Berman Jackson increased the scope of Stone's gag order and ordered him to stop communicating publicly through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Jeffrey Epstein abused new victims while out on work release as part of controversial plea deal: lawyer

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Jeffrey Epstein took advantage of his controversial lenient plea deal to sexually abuse at least one victim while out on work release, according to a victim's attorney.

Lawyer Brad Edwards said the well-connected financier was permitted to have visitors while he was supposed to be working during his 13-month jail sentence, and he said Epstein manipulated at least one person into sexual activity, reported The Daily Beast.

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