A federal judge Thursday ordered the seizure of about $2,000 from the prison account of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor accused of sexually abusing hundreds of girls and women. The money will go to five of his victims. The $2,041.57 marks the first substantial payment for victims as part of Nassar's punishment stemming from a 60-year sentence on a federal child porn charge. He also pleaded guilty in Ingham and Eaton counties to state charges of sexually assaulting female gymnasts. The money that is being given to victims is two federal stimulus chec...
Man quits anti-vax group he cofounded after coming down with COVID: 'I was afraid I was going to die'
A Hawaii man who cofounded a group opposed to vaccine mandates has now quit the organization after he spent several days in the hospital sick with COVID-19.
Hawaii News Now reports that Chris Wikoff last year founded the Aloha Freedom Coalition to oppose public health restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, which he viewed as damaging to businesses and society.
Earlier this month, however, he and his wife both tested positive for COVID-19 and he grew very ill before going to the hospital for treatment.
While he survived his encounter with the virus, he now says he realizes that he's been misled by conspiracy theorists who have downplayed the deadly disease.
"We were told the COVID virus was not that deadly," he tells Hawaii News Now. "It was nothing more than a little flu. I can tell you it's more than a little flu."
Even though being treated with Remdesivir made his symptoms less acute, he still says that his experience with the virus was terrifying.
"I was in a bed. I can't move, I can't breathe," he says. "I was afraid I was going to die."
However, the Aloha Freedom Coalition says it has not been swayed by its cofounder's experience.
"We encourage our supporters to do their own research and make their own choices," the organization tells Hawaii News Now. "The Aloha Freedom Coalition was created with civil rights in mind. We will continue to fight against blanket mandates and for an individual's right to choose, especially when it comes to one's health."
Cyber Ninjas CEO was seen as doing 'God's work' by far-right extremists — and he encouraged it: reporter
On CNN Monday, Arizona Republic reporter Jen Fifield described how "Cyber Ninjas" CEO Doug Logan, who helped conduct the GOP-backed "audit" in Maricopa County, took on a theological significance among his far-right supporters.
"A longtime friend calls him a Christian conservative whose religion is fundamental to everything he does," said anchor Erin Burnett. "So how does that fit, his belief about religion, to his links to Team Trump? How does that all fit together?"
"It was really important to show the religious side of Doug Logan because since this audit began, there's been many religious connections," said Fifield. "On Telegram and other right-wing sites, there's many people talking about how this is a religious experience, how Doug Logan is doing the God's work. We found out that there is a prayer board inside the coliseum where Doug Logan would pray during times of stress. It was to show another side of him. It was to show that he really says and tells his longtime friends that he is committed to doing the right thing."
Fifield said that Logan was a complex figure who sincerely believes that doing the "audit" is a righteous cause -- and that he didn't seem like he would deliberately lie if the audit actually showed Biden won Arizona.
"When I met him that first day of the audit, he did come off as he was trying to do the audit accurately, which is in contrary to what you've heard in the news throughout the months," she said. "So I'm trying to show that this is a multi-layered — this is a multi-layered idea that Doug Logan is here running this audit, being paid and working with all of the Trump allies, but who is he really?"
Jen Fifield says far-right extremists believed Cyber Ninjas CEO was doing "the God's work" www.youtube.com
Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal noted that one of the things he learned about former President Donald Trump over the past several years of investigations is that the scams he ran for his businesses were similar to those he ran while leading the United States.
Dr. Jason Johnson on MSNBC explained that a recent report revealed additional evidence against the Trump Organization was discovered in a "co-conspirator's basement" recently. It only adds to the mountains of documents and information recovered about the president's former business.
"Today [CFO Allen] Weisselberg's lawyer said there would be further indictments, plural," said Katyal. "That's what he expects. There's a lot we don't know about that."
It also means that Weisselberg is also still talking to prosecutors if they know about these indictments.
"For example, Weisselberg was Trump's right-hand guy has been indicted for tax fraud, and that he's been indicted for fringe benefits," explained Katyal. "We know his defenses: 'Well, lots of people do it.' As any teenager can tell you, a lot of people doing it is no defense, certainly not a successful one. We also know the New York attorney general is working with the Manhattan D.A.'s office hand in glove to try to do this investigation together. We also know that the Trump Organization has been run less like an ordinary business, and much more like a criminal enterprise. That leaves you with some knowledge, but also some known unknowns."
He explained that finding evidence in a basement might sound "quaint" but that it underscores they have found a lot of information and they're still not finished. He also cited the case of Enron in which many people were ultimately indicted because other people handed over information in a deal with prosecutors.
While running for office in 2016, Trump told Americans that he owned a "very successful" business and he would run the country like he did his businesses. Katyal agreed that Trump has done exactly that, though not the way he promised.
"I think one important point here is that the allegations against him about the tax fraud, inflating assets, claiming charitable deductions that he never paid, and so on, that's not that different from the way the guy ran the country, inflating the valuable, trying to avoid paying taxes, overpaying his children to help him do it?" Katyal closed. "Say what you will, we kind of ran the country the way he ran his business."
See the video below:
Trump did run the country like his company -- into the ground www.youtube.com
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