ATLANTA — On a January day in 2020, famed attorney L. Lin Wood returned to Mercer University’s law school in Macon to launch its “legal legends” lecture series in the college’s L. Lin Wood Courtroom. Mercer President William D. Underwood has called him “a loyal alum who never forgot the role Mercer played in helping him” in his future success. Wood also was a major donor, whose pledged $1 million contribution put his name on the courtroom where he spoke. Now, in a stunning turn, the two sides are embroiled in an escalating dispute that feels like the opening salvo in a messy divorce. Wood told...
'We'll kill them all': Proud Boy insurrectionist who stockpiled weapons faces new gun charges --but could be released
Matthew Greene, a member of the Proud Boys who's been accused of "a conspiracy involving terrorism" during the Capitol insurrection, is facing new gun charges related to a cache of weapons and ammunition FBI agents found at his home.
However, Greene's attorney says he could be released from custody Monday afternoon, according to Syracuse.com.
Greene, 33, is charged in New York state with two counts of criminal possession of a firearm and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to an indictment unsealed Monday morning. Those state-level charges are in addition to the seven federal charges Greene faces in connection with the Jan. 6 riot.
The gun charges are related to three unregistered weapons — an AR-15 and two handguns — that were part of a large stockpile found at Greene's home on Jan. 18, including $2,000 in ammo, war gear and other items that he purchased after the insurrection.
Greene, who pleaded not guilty to the gun charges, is expected to appear in District of Colombia court at 2 p.m. for a hearing related to the federal charges. "His lawyer, Mike Kasmarek, said in county court that he expects Greene will be released later today after the hearing and will likely will be confined to his home with an electronic monitoring device," Syracuse.com reports.
Greene and two other Proud Boys are believed to have been among the first Donald Trump supporters to gain entry to the Capitol, after breaking out a window. Greene has disawowed the Proud Boys in an apparent effort to win pre-trial release, saying he has left the white-supremacist hate group and was not a member for very long. His attorneys have also argued that the stockpile of weapons and ammunition found at his home was intended for use at a firing range, and that he bought it "to take advantage of a favorable price."
Federal prosecutors, meanwhile, have argued that Greene should remain in custody, pointing to witnesses who heard him say, "We'll kill them all."
"On a site called 'Telegram,' prosecutors said Greene posted messages encouraging others to read up on guerilla warfare and tactics used by the Taliban. He also wrote, 'be prepared to do uncomfortable things,'" according to a report from CNYCentral. "He is also accused of being a part of a chat group that was discussing killing 'anyone they got their hands on' including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi."
Mary Trump took a swipe at Meghan McCain for ducking out of her latest appearance on "The View" on Monday.
The twice-impeached one-term president's niece tousled with McCain last year while promoting her memoir, and the conservative co-host mysteriously disappeared for the next two segments but reappeared without explanation after Trump's appearance ended, and she missed Monday's episode entirely.
"One thing Donald proved is that using racism as a platform was successful, and I think that's why we see so much strife in this country, and we need to continue having the kinds of conversations about race and gender that you have," Trump said. "This is an incredibly powerful platform that you have."
"It's a shame that colleague didn't have the courage to come on and have this conversation with me, she added. "But I appreciate that you all are willing to take up these very difficult subjects because racism, in my view, is at the heart everything in 21st-Century America."
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Gov. Ron DeSantis has won praise for guiding Florida through the coronavirus pandemic, but economist Paul Krugman revealed his inaction against COVID-19 has cost his state tens of thousands of lives and tens of billions of dollars.
The Florida governor has become a Republican favorite for refusing to implement measures to prevent the pandemic's spread, but Krugman analyzed the data and found a massive failure in leadership.
"I've been doing some number-crunching on Florida, which has become the poster child for red-state Covid disaster," Krugman tweeted. "Not only does it top the nation in hospitalizations per capita, but it's far bigger than the other disaster states."
I've been doing some number-crunching on Florida, which has become the poster child for red-state Covid disaster; n… https://t.co/G38ZkqjtGz— Paul Krugman (@Paul Krugman) 1627908420.0
DeSantis has been claiming credit for the state's economy, but Krugman argued that his policy has already cost Florida -- and could torpedo its chances for the near future.
"How well will that economy hold up as potential visitors realize that the Sunshine state has become extremely dangerous and its hospital system is in overload crisis?" Krugman tweeted. "But leaving that aside, a good economy isn't much comfort if you're dead."
Florida is currently losing, on average, nearly 58 people a day to COVID-19, compared to around six for New York -- and those excess deaths are costing the state and bringing misery to families.
"The standard valuation of a human life — based on revealed individual preferences — is $10 million," Krugman tweeted. "So FL should have been willing to pay $400 million a day to avoid these deaths."
Florida's gross domestic product is $1.1 trillion a year, or $3 billion a day, Krugman pointed out.
"So if you put a dollar value on it, DeSantis's anti-mask, anti-Vax policies are costing his state the equivalent of 13% of its GDP," Krugman tweeted. "Winning the pandemic!"
So if you put a dollar value on it, DeSantis's anti-mask, anti-Vax policies are costing his state the equivalent of… https://t.co/GBpbfJkMuf— Paul Krugman (@Paul Krugman) 1627909037.0
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