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Ex-GOP governor Matt Bevin claims the 9-year-old victim of a rapist he pardoned was lying: ‘Her hymen was intact’

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Gov. Matt Bevin (Image credit: Gage Skidmore)

During an interview on WHAS on Thursday, former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin defended a controversial series of pardons for convicted killers and sex criminals on his way out of office — some of whose families donated to his election campaign.

In particular, he argued that Micah Schoettle, a Kenton County man convicted of raping a 9-year-old girl, must have been innocent and “she made it up” — because she had an intact hymen.

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The hymen, a fringe of tissue surrounding the opening of the vagina in women, has been held in many cultures to be an indicator of virginity. But the idea of a “torn” versus “intact” hymen is an indicator of whether a woman or girl has had vaginal intercourse is a myth — studies have shown that there is no correlation between the condition of the hymen and sexual activity, and many prepubescent girls who have been sexually assaulted do not present with visible damage to the hymen.

“Bevin clearly doesn’t know medicine and anatomy,” said former Kentucky medical chief and child abuse expert Dr. George Nichols in conversation with Courier-Journal reporter Joe Sonka. “I worked for six consecutive governors as chief medical examiner, and fortunately I didn’t have to report to that asshole.”

A prosecutor in Kentucky has reportedly opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Bevin’s pardon in the Schoettle case.

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Bevin, a key supporter of President Donald Trump, narrowly lost re-election in November to Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear.


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Vehicles being used as weapons against protesters is ‘the new normal in 2020’: CNN

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CNN's Don Lemon on Friday evening devoted a segment to the rash of incidents in which people have driven through Black Lives Matter protesters in the same manner that killed Heather Heyer at the fatal 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"Vehicles used as weapons," Don Lemon began. "You heard me right, vehicles are being used as weapons against Americans taking to the streets in Black Lives Matter protests in cities across this country."

CNN correspondent Evan McMorris-Santoro reported shocking scenes captured on camera of vehicles running down protesters are "common now."

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Trump to ignore Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish and appoint Amy Coney Berman: reports

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President Donald Trump intends to name Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, US media reported Friday, who if confirmed would cement a solid conservative majority on the high court.

The president said this week he will announce his pick to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday, and various media outlets said it would be the 48-year-old conservative judge.

Citing sources close to the process, various media outlets, including The New York Times and CNN, said Trump would nominate Barrett.

If she is confirmed the court would shift to a 6-3 conservative majority.

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Trump tells supporters he won’t be ‘stupid’ enough for peaceful transition of power if he loses

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President Donald Trump continued to spread debunked conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election during a Friday night campaign rally in Virginia.

Trump argued that it was impossible for him to lose the election, thus concluding he would be "stupid" to hand over power peacefully should he lose.

"We not gonna lose this, except if they cheat," Trump falsely claimed about the 2020 campaign, where he trails Joe Biden in national and battleground polling.

"That's the only way we're gonna lose is if there's, uh, mischief," he argued. "And it will have to be on a big scale."

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