NEW YORK – A stunning 150 victims of Jeffrey Epstein have received nearly $125 million through an out of court claims program. The Epstein Victims’ Compensation Program, which concluded most operations on Monday, said in a release that it received 225 claims — more than double the expected amount. The payouts come from Epstein’s estate, which was valued at more than $600 million at the time of his suicide in a lower Manhattan lockup in August 2019 while awaiting trial for running an underage sex trafficking scheme. At the end of 2020, the estate said it had $49 million in cash and total assets...
A judge agreed that Jan. 31 was too soon to hold a trial for three Oath Keepers who stormed the U.S. Capitol to stop the certification of Joe Biden's election win.
Washington D.C. federal District Court Judge Amit Mehta expressed concern about the pace of the trial after new evidence continues to pile up faster than prosecutors and defense attorneys can keep up, and he suggested early April as a new start date, reported Politico.
"I am concerned about a lengthy pretrial detention period," Mehta said, as the three defendants -- Jessica Watkins, Kelly Meggs and Kenneth Harrelson -- remain in jail as they await trial on conspiracy and other charges.
The judge pointed out that the Justice Department doesn't have to turn over every piece of evidence before starting the trial, but is required only to turn over items relevant to the defendants in this case.
"Otherwise we won't be having a trial in any of these cases until 2023," Mehta said. "I just don't think that's acceptable to those being held."
The judge said he was considering splitting the case into two separate trials, which would begin in the months ahead of next year's primary elections.
Viewers of right-wing media blame 'leftists' for Jan. 6 attack — and things are getting worse: columnist
A new PRRI poll finds that just 29 percent of Americans believe that the election was stolen, proving that the group of people who believe the so-called "big lie" is rapidly shrinking.
Yet, that polling statistic comes just as Pennsylvania Republicans voted to allow a right-linked company to "audit" the 2020 election in the state. That likely comes from the statistic that 71 percent of Republicans believe the lie, while Democrats and Independents do not.
A column from Greg Sargent in the Washington Post explained that all of it can be linked back to right-wing media and the perpetuation of false information on their airwaves and websites.
Digging into the stats with PRRI, Sargent discovered that among the Americans who most trust Fox News or other right-wing extremist outlets, 76 percent think the election was stolen. Only 21 percent of Americans who don't watch Fox or other such outlets only believed the lie.
Along with that number is the revelation that Fox News viewers now believe that former President Donald Trump's supporters were not responsible for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. A shocking 64 percent of viewers blame liberal or left-wing activists for the insurrection.
"In short, right-wing media widely sowed the lies that inspired the effort to violently overthrow U.S. democracy," wrote Sargent. "They then retroactively papered over what had happened, by suggesting in numerous ways that there might have been some legitimacy undergirding that effort's goals."
Essentially, the right-wing media personalities inspired the violent attempt to overthrow the U.S. government and then tried to pretend that anti-fascists were to blame, he explained.
Specifically, right-wing television hosts "have gone to great lengths to rewrite that whole history, downgrading Trump's role and instead falsely blaming Antifa for the violence," wrote Sargent." And in many other cases they have alternatively blamed the left or rewrote the story to erase the truly insurrectionist goal of the rioters."
Republicans have a kind of duality in the way they're treating the Jan. 6 attackers, saying sometimes that they should be held accountable. Then they promote claims that Trump's followers were victimized by police and they're unlawfully being held as political prisoners in jail. Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) staged a photo opportunity where they attempted to get inside the jail to see the prisoners.
"As long as this set of grievances continues to metastasize, it's hard to be sanguine about the future consequences for U.S. democracy. But we should be clear on which bad actors are to blame for it," Sargent closed.
Three Florida Keys teenage boys were arrested after a video showing two of them engaging in sexual acts with a 12-year-old girl was shared by students, police said. A 16-year-old from Big Pine Key faces a charge of lewd and lascivious battery. He admitted to having sex with the girl while another teen recorded it on a cellphone, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The Miami Herald/FLKeysNews.com is not naming the teens, who were identified by the sheriff’s office in a press release. The teen who police said taped the acts is a 16-year-old from Big Pine Key. He was arrested on char...
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