DOUMA, Syria (Reuters) - Seham Hamu lost her husband, son and grand-daughter on the same night in 2016 when a missile struck their home in Douma, a rebel stronghold near the Syrian capital that saw some of the fiercest fighting of the civil war. Now, aged 74 and confined to a wheelchair because of a heart condition, she looks after her son's four surviving children, a widowed daughter and a second daughter along with her husband and their children. Their plight is not unusual in a country where hundreds of thousands of people have been killed during a decade of violence and millions more force...
Capitol rioter claims he 'accidentally' stole Officer Fanone's radio and badge while trying to rescue him from mob
A Capitol rioter is claiming, through his attorney, that he "accidentally" stole Officer Michael Fanone's radio and badge in a "press of bodies" during the insurrection.
However, in a new motion seeking his release from jail, Sibick alleges he was merely trying to help a wounded Fanone by pulling him to safety when he ended up with the badge and radio. Fanone lost consciousness and was hospitalized after the attack, while Sibick would later bury the badge in his backyard.
Sibick's attorney, Stephen F. Brennwald, claims a new video of the attack on Fanone — which has not been made public — "seriously undercuts" the prosecution's case against his client, according to a report from the Buffalo News.
"What it demonstrates is that the contact between Mr. Sibick and the officer was very brief, and that because of the press of bodies and the movement of the officer's body, it would have taken an extraordinary feat of athleticism, for lack of a better word, for Mr. Sibick to have been able to see the police badge and radio on the officer's vest, and then to reach in and grab them intentionally," Brennwald said in the filing earlier this month. "The movement of the mass of people and the short duration of the event were such that it strains credulity to conclude that Mr. Sibick was able to do what he did intentionally, rather than accidentally. The recording makes it appear more likely than not that the radio and the badge – as Mr. Sibick has claimed throughout – came off in his hand as he was reaching toward the officer to pull him to safety."
According to Brennwald, when he showed the new video to Sibick, "He choked up when he grasped its significance to his case, exclaiming that 'I've been detained all this time because no one ever saw this?'"
Prosecutors responded to Brennwald's motion by saying Sibick's actions "were not those of a good Samaritan, but part of a pattern of unlawful behavior."
"The video ... shows Sibick purposely moving toward (the officer) while the mob was attacking him," prosecutors wrote. "For a moment before Sibick reaches toward the officer, (the officer's) body is turned toward Sibick such that his upper torso would have visible to Sibick, including the officer's badge. ... That Sibick stripped the officer of his badge and radio over the course of approximately two seconds in the middle of a chaotic attack is not new information."
A federal judge previously declined to release Sibick from jail based on the attack on Fanone, and a federal appeals court upheld the decision citing the defendant's "repeated lies" to FBI investigators.
Now, Brennwald is seeking to reopen Sibick's detention hearing, citing his "exemplary" behavior while behind bars.
"While a number of his unit mates have been locked down or 'sent to the hole' because of defiant or disruptive behavior on the unit, Mr. Sibick has been a model prisoner – so much so that some of his fellow inmates have accused him of trying to 'cozy up' to the officers/guards," Brennwald wrote in his motion.
Below is video of the attack on Fanone that first aired on CNN in May.
'We will be replacing' you: New York governor issues warning to anti-vax nurses who refuse to comply with state mandate
On Thursday, Fox News reported that Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) is warning New York will take a hard line against nurses who do not comply with vaccine mandates.
"To all the healthcare providers, doctors and nurses in particular who are vaccinated, I say thank you. Because you are keeping true to your oath," said Hochul on Wednesday, as she was visiting Rochester. "To those who won't, we will be replacing people."
"We are sending out a call statewide," Hochul continued. "There are facilities, for example in New York City, that 98% of their staff are vaccinated, they don't have a worker shortage. We are working closely with these hospitals to find out where we can get other individuals to come in and supplement nursing homes and other facilities."
Hochul's predecessor, Andrew Cuomo, issued the vaccination mandate for health care workers in New York in August.
Some anti-vaccine nurses all around the country have threatened to walk out of their jobs rather than comply with similar mandates. However, in some cases these threats have not been followed with action. A planned wave of mass resignations in Maine never happened, for example.
At an event in Budapest held by conservative leaders lamenting gay rights and immigration, former Vice President Mike Pence said he's hopeful the Supreme Court will overturn abortion rights in America, Axios reports.
"We see a crisis that brings us here today, a crisis that strikes at the very heart of civilization itself," Pence said.
"We may well have a fresh start in the cause of life in America. It is our hope and our prayer that in the coming days, a new conservative majority on the Supreme Court of the United States will take action to restore the sanctity of life at the center of American law," he continued.
Pence reportedly went on to praise Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban, who many see as an anti-immigrant authoritarian.
Pence's speech comes in the wake of a new Texas law that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is before many women know they are pregnant.
As Axios points out, the Supreme Court "has not ruled on the constitutionality of Texas' abortion law, but that hasn't stopped citizens from using the law to sue other people."
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