CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For years, Charlotte defense attorney David Rudolf has imagined a scenario in which Durham business executive Kathleen Peterson died not at the hands of her husband, but at the talons of a barred owl — and it’s a scenario he has famously described as “pretty persuasive and credible.” Last week, however, marked the first time the man who defended Michael Peterson has seen a fully realized depiction of that theory. Toward the end of “The Staircase’s” latest episode, which dropped on the streaming service May 26, the series presents a third re-creation of Kathleen’s death, follo...
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On Tuesday, Fox 59 News reported that a young man in Indianapolis was arrested after bringing a loaded gun to a fireworks show at a children's playground — in his pants.
"Police and an Indianapolis Park Ranger then detained 20-year-old Tyrese Cole and two other juveniles who had made their way into the Colts Canal Playspace area," reported Matt Christy. "A pat-down of Cole revealed a rifle stock in his pants that belonged to a short barrel rifle. Police said the rifle didn’t have the safety on and was set to fire with a 'live 300 blackout round in the chamber.' Police said one of the juveniles had a Taurus .45 in his waistband while the other had a Glock 43 with a live round in the chamber."
According to the report, the juveniles were arrested and preliminarily charged with possession of a firearm by a minor, while Cole was charged with dangerous control of a firearm.
"The canal walk and the Colts playground located on its east bank have not been strangers to gun-related violence and crime. Residents who live near the area have said they’ve become accustomed to hearing gunfire near the playground," said the report. "In May, a shooting on the downtown canal caused a family playing at the Colts playground to go running for cover, a mother trying to flee with her children struck in the crossfire. Two years ago, on July 5, 2020, Jessica Doty Whitaker was shot and killed on the canal walk. No arrest has been made in her death."
All of this comes as several gun violence incidents occurred during Independence Day celebrations on Monday.
In Highland Park, Illinois, a man was arrested after a mass shooting at a parade that killed seven people and injured dozens. Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, a massive crowd of people fled in terror at the sound of gunfire during a fireworks show near the Ben Franklin Parkway.
Another top Trump White House aide has agreed to publicly testify before the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol, CNN reported Tuesday evening.
"Sarah Matthews, who served as deputy press secretary in the Trump White House until resigning shortly after the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, has been subpoenaed by the House select committee investigating the insurrection and has agreed to testify at an upcoming hearing, according to two sources with knowledge of the investigation," Katelyn Polantz and Ryan Nobles reported. "Matthews has been subpoenaed to testify at a public hearing as early as next week, sources tell CNN."
Also on Tuesday, the select committee announced it would hold its next public hearing next Tuesday, which CNN says is "expected to focus on the role of extremist groups on January 6."d
\u201cNEXT HEARING: Tuesday, July 12th at 10:00am ET\u201d— January 6th Committee (@January 6th Committee) 1657055540
Matthews resigned on the night of Jan. 6, saying she “was deeply disturbed by what I saw" and that "our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power.”
She had previously served as a spokesperson for Trump's unsuccessful 2020 presidential campaign.
Matthews defended Cassidy Hutchinson after her damning testimony before the select committee.
"Anyone downplaying Cassidy Hutchinson’s role or her access in the West Wing either doesn’t understand how the Trump WH worked or is attempting to discredit her because they’re scared of how damning this testimony is," Matthews said. "For those complaining of 'hearsay,' I imagine the Jan. 6 committee would welcome any of those involved to deny these allegations under oath."
\u201cFor those complaining of \u201chearsay,\u201d I imagine the Jan. 6 committee would welcome any of those involved to deny these allegations under oath.\u201d— Sarah Matthews (@Sarah Matthews) 1656439518
On Tuesday, writing for MSNBC's Maddowblog, Steve Benen argued that former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows deserves the same type of intensive national scrutiny over his email practices as were directed at Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign.
In part, Benen said, because Meadows himself was at the helm of congressional efforts to investigate Clinton — and should have known what he was doing.
"Look, I realize that 'but her emails' jokes in reference to Hillary Clinton are probably a little too easy. But that doesn't mean they're wrong," wrote Benen. "The fact that Clinton did not rely entirely on her state.gov address, the electorate was told, was evidence of her recklessness. She put the United States at risk, the argument went. For some, it might even have been literally criminal. During the presidential campaign, then-House Speaker Paul Ryan went so far as to formally request that Clinton be denied intelligence briefings — insisting that her email practices were proof that she couldn't be trusted."
Ultimately, Clinton was never charged criminally for her security policies — something many analysts were pointing out was not a realistic idea even before the FBI ruled it out. But it nonetheless was one of the biggest issues of the 2016 campaign.
"After her defeat, Donald Trump and his team took office, at which point top members of the president's inner circle began utilizing private email accounts. This didn't become a major national scandal because, well, I've never been altogether clear why not," wrote Benen. "But Meadows offers an even more striking example, not only because he was part of a Republican White House filled with Clinton critics who were doing what she did, but also because he was a GOP member of Congress — who helped investigate Clinton's email practices in 2016."
"It nevertheless appears that the Republican used 'a personal cellphone, a Signal account and two personal Gmail accounts for government business,'" concluded Benen. "It's something to keep in mind the next time a rabid GOP crowd starts chanting, 'Lock her up.'"
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