ATLANTA — Three weeks before shooting and killing Rayshard Brooks during a scuffle in a Wendy’s parking lot, embattled Atlanta police Officer Garrett Rolfe broke a man’s collarbone during a DUI stop, according to a federal complaint filed Monday. The lawsuit accuses Rolfe of using excessive force when he allegedly grabbed Charles Johnson Jr. and threw him to the ground during a May 22, 2020, arrest, “thoroughly breaking his collarbone among other minor injuries.” It wasn’t the first time Rolfe was accused of using excessive force on the job. And Johnson’s attorney, Keith Foster, said if the At...
Although Democrats have won the popular vote in seven of the United States' last eight presidential races, only three of the nine justices on the U.S. Supreme Court were appointed by Democratic presidents: Justice Elena Kagan, Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Stephen Breyer. Kagan, appointed by President Barack Obama in 2010, found herself butting heads with Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the case Borden v. the United States — and Slate's Mark Joseph Stern, in a Twitter thread posted on June 10, lays out the ways in which Kagan refuted what Kavanaugh had to say.
On June 10, the High Court rendered its 5-4 decision in Borden, reversing an earlier decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. On SCOTUSBlog, the Court announced, "The decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit — holding that an offense with a mental state of recklessness may qualify as a 'violent felony' under the Armed Career Criminal Act's elements clause, 18 U.S.C. § 924(e)(2)(B)(i) — is reversed, and the case is remanded."
According to SCOTUSBlog, "Justice Kagan announced the judgment of the Court and delivered an opinion, in which Justices Breyer, Sotomayor and Gorsuch joined. Justice Thomas filed an opinion concurring in the judgment. Justice Kavanaugh filed a dissenting opinion, in which Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Alito and Barrett joined."
The Armed Career Criminal Act of 1984, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, imposed a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence if the defendant had three prior convictions for major drug offenses or violent felonies. Charles Borden, Jr., the Borden in Borden v. the United States, was arrested during a traffic stop in which police found a firearm and drug paraphernalia — and he was sentenced to almost a decade in federal prison. Borden had previously been convicted twice for "intentional or knowing aggravated assault" and once for "reckless aggravated assault." But the day of his sentencing, Borden argued that "reckless aggravated assault" was not a violent felony under § 924(e)(2)(B)(i); the judge who sentenced him disagreed.
A High Court syllabus released on June 10 explains, "JUSTICE KAGAN, joined by JUSTICE BREYER, JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR, and JUSTICE GORSUCH, concluded that a criminal offense with a mens rea of recklessness does not qualify as a 'violent felony' under ACCA's elements clause."
Stern, in his Twitter thread, writes that Kagan "continues to ruthlessly own Kavanaugh." Stern notes that Kagan, disagreeing vehemently with Kavanaugh in Borden, "mocks" his dissent. And Kavanaugh, Stern writes, was both "whiny" and long-winded in his dissent:
Kagan continues to ruthlessly own Kavanaugh—here she mocks him for complaining "how unfair it is" that his "view ha… https://t.co/GBVZT0q7gQ— Mark Joseph Stern (@Mark Joseph Stern) 1623334681.0
According to Stern, Kavanaugh's unnecessarily lengthy dissent shows that he "needs an editor":
Writing for Business Insider, Rep Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) revealed that fellow Arizona House member Paul Gosar (R) is paying a political price in the House over his defense of the Capitol 6th insurrectionists that could impact him with voters back home.
As the Democrat from Arizona recalled, "Rep. Gosar had challenged the certification of Arizona's electoral votes during a joint session of Congress, receiving a standing ovation of nearly 30 seconds from his House and Senate Republican colleagues for his efforts. That morning, he led a crowd of Trump supporters in chants of 'Stop the steal' at the now-infamous rally near the Capitol, and tweeted a demand that Biden concede the race, concluding ominously, 'Don't make me come over there.'"
Gosar's words and actions have come back to haunt him when he attempted to attach his name to a bill that will help his constituents and would have been a bragging point when he runs for re-election in 2022.
Writing, "... like all extremists, he should be prepared to accept the consequences of his actions, and now that his colleagues are starting to impose those consequences, he is deflecting and making excuses rather than confronting them honestly," the Democrat said Gosar has already received a taste of how he will be dealt with in the Democratic-majority House.
"This came to a head on May 24, when a panel of the Natural Resources Committee, which I chair, held a hearing on a politically uncontroversial bill called the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act. As the name suggests, the bill - sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mike Levin - creates incentives and eliminates barriers to develop clean energy projects on certain federally managed lands. It has been a popular and bipartisan piece of legislation for years," Grijalva wrote. "Rep. Gosar knows the bill would benefit his own constituents tremendously, and he had been its leading Republican cosponsor in previous sessions of Congress. Unfortunately, his name carries negative weight among his Democratic colleagues, and having him play a leadership role in this Congress would hurt the bill's chances of passage. As a result, Rep. Levin informed Rep. Gosar in mid-May that he could not serve as lead cosponsor of the bill this year and made it clear that this was a consequence of his role in the insurrection."
The Democratic lawmaker wrote that an unhappy Gosar created his own bill, issued a press release about it, and then watched it be summarily dismissed with mention by the panel.
Grijalva then used what happened to Gosar to serve as a warning to other Republicans who are trying to whitewash the Jan 6th riot, writing, "
"It's time for him - and his like-minded colleagues who are similarly avoiding responsibility - to start telling the truth, not least of all to themselves. Their actions are unpopular, and with Democrats in the majority in Congress, there will continue to be consequences<" he advised.
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Business guru Donald Trump's financial mismanagement cost him $40 million dollars on his overseas golf courses: report
According to a report from Insider, Donald Trump's bumbling mismanagement on the financing of his Scottish golf courses likely cost the former president $40 million due to how he took out his loans.
While there have already been reports that the Trump's golf resort properties have been money-losers for the Trump family, the new report states that he is taking an all-together different financial hit.
Insider reports that Trump properties Turnberry near Glasgow and Trump Golf Links International in Aberdeenshire are "dependent on loans from Trump and US-owned entities to stay afloat," and that some of those loans are problematic due to currency fluctuations.
"Turnberry's parent company Golf Recreation Scotland owes Trump, through various US-registered entities, a total of £113,425,000 (around $160,000,000), according to UK Companies House accounts filed in December." the report states. "Trump International Golf Club Scotland Limited, which owns his Aberdeenshire course, owes Trump £44,400,049, also issued in the form of interest-free loans, according to Companies House accounts."
"The problem is that Trump appears to have created those loans in British pound sterling — as evidenced by the fact they are all displayed as sterling loans on Companies House," Insider's Thomas Colson reported, adding, "Unfortunately for Trump, the British pound has declined significantly in value against the dollar in the period since Trump started issuing loans to his golf courses."
Due to the decline in value of the British pound, Trump's loans, when repaid, " ...to Trump in his native dollar currency, they are going to be worth considerably less than when he issued them."
According to Stephen Clapham, an investment analyst and founder of financial website Behind the Balance Sheet, Trump has been taking a major hit dating back to last year.
"The pound was worth $1.27 made those calculations, and it has since risen to $1.42 (as of June 9), meaning some of those losses will have been mitigated — but the current figure would still represent a loss amounting to tens of millions of dollars," the report continues. "Those losses, said Clapham, appear to have been the result of Trump's failure to 'hedge' the loans he created. In simple terms, hedging is a common business practice that offsets the risk of price movements like a drop in the value of a currency by fixing the repayment rate for a loan when it is created."
According to Clapham, "The most likely explanation is that Trump has made this loan and incurred a significant loss. It's the simplest explanation and probably the most likely."
The report notes that questions about the loans were not answered by Trump Org officials.
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