On the three-year anniversary of Paul Whelan's detention in Russia, U.S. lawmakers and relatives of the Novi resident reiterated their pleas for his freedom. The 51-year-old former security executive has been in custody in Russia since his arrest at a Moscow hotel in December 2018. He is serving a 16-year sentence of hard labor at a prison camp in Mordovia after being convicted last year in a secret trial on espionage charges that he's vehemently denied. David Whelan, in a Tuesday statement, argued that his brother's freedom and his life were stolen by the Federal Security Services. "Now Paul ...
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Former President George W. Bush confused his 2003 invasion of Iraq with Vladimir Putin's 2022 invasion of Ukraine during remarks on Wednesday at the Bush Center at Southern Methodist University.
Michael Williams reported on Bush's remarks for The Dallas Morning News under the headline, "George W. Bush compares Zelenskyy to Churchill, mistakenly calls Iraq invasion unjustified."
“The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq,” Bush said. “I mean, of Ukraine.”
The newspaper described the moment as "a verbal faux pas."
"The comment left the audience in an awkward silence, until they eventually erupted in laughter after Bush blamed the mistake on his age -- 75," the newspaper reported.
Bush was joined at the event by historian Jon Meachem, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and local election officials.
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On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that the trial of "How to Murder your Husband" author Nancy Brophy for the murder of her chef husband hit a major snag, as the purported star witness put forward by prosecutors — a former cellmate of hers — to claim Brophy had confessed to the killing did not actually say this on the stand.
The trial has been covered by The New York Times, as a bizarre case in which prosecutors allege that she actually committed the act that she referenced in her romance novels.
"As attorneys for the prosecution and defense argued about whether or not the witness, Andrea Jacobs, should be allowed to testify, Multnomah County Judge Christopher Ramras had previously ruled that she could do so only if Brophy’s attorneys introduced evidence that would warrant the state calling her as a 'rebuttal witness' to push back on some information the defense had presented. On Wednesday, Brophy’s lawyers asked what, exactly, Jacobs would be rebutting," reported Winston Ross. "Jacobs would rebut 'the statement that [Brophy] did not kill her husband,' Deputy District Attorney Shawn Overstreet said, by testifying 'that she was so far apart when she shot her husband.'"
However, according to the report, when Jacobs actually took the stand, her account was completely different, and she did not allege any confession from Brophy had been made to her.
"'She told me he was shot two times to the heart,' Jacobs said. 'She showed me the distance, she said it was about, and used her arm span. I said ‘Wow, that must have been close up.’ She said ‘Well it was about this far,’'" said the report. "'Did she say anything about her involvement?' Overstreet asked. 'When we were first talking, she slipped up, and started to say ‘I’ but then switched to ‘It,’ saying ‘It was about this far apart.’'"
"At the end of her testimony, Jacobs insisted she had no desire to be involved in this case, would get nothing out of it and in fact had received a series of threats at the prison camp in Texas, where she’s now incarcerated," continued the report. "'This is not an easy thing to do, and it’s the worst thing when you’re incarcerated is to testify against another inmate,' Jacobs said. 'There’s a certain code of ethics when you’re in person and in jail.'"
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On Wednesday, The Wichita Eagle reported that the mayor of Wichita, Brandon Whipple, and the former police chief, Gordon Ramsay, are trading accusations of misconduct in an escalating fight that began with allegations of mishandled racial incidents within the police department.
"In a letter hand-delivered Wednesday by a former deputy chief, Ramsay, without offering evidence, accused city officials of wrongdoing and said there was a 'troubled culture' at the top levels of city hall," reported Michael Stavola. "He urged the City Council and mayor to have a forthcoming third-party investigation into police also look into complaints of corruption against human resources director Chris Bezruki and into police discipline cases that Bezruki overturned, without being specific."
Whipple has fired back, calling Ramsay a "disgruntled ex-employee" and saying that his motivations are questionable.
"The third-party investigation, and the internal committee that released the report criticizing Ramsay, were announced the day after The Eagle detailed the racist and inappropriate messages sent by Wichita officers and the lack of punishment," said the report. "The only officer suspended was one who called Ramsay a tool. Ramsay, in the letter, said Bezruki’s presence on the committee was a 'flagrant conflict of interest.' The committee report found that the police department did not 'fully engage the City Human Resource Department and Law Department in their review of this misconduct.'"
This is just the latest in a series of high-profile controversies at police departments around the country.
Last year, Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo was ousted by the city council after he antagonized the city government by claiming they were run by a "Cuban Mafia" — in a move that later turned out to have had the support of the far-right Proud Boys. And in New Jersey, the former Republican mayor of Clark Township was caught on tape saying racial slurs in a conversation with the police chief, after the city had tried to pay to silence a whistleblower from coming forward.