A 7,700-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bathroom house and three units of an Aventura office building are the list of losses for a Golden Beach man after a massive commercial fraud that involved infant formula, eye-care products and other products regulated by the FDA. Johnny Grobman, 48, won’t need the home for the next decade and a half. He’ll be serving at least 85% of an 18-year, four-month sentence handed down Friday after his convictions on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud; wire fraud; money laundering; conspiring to obtain pre-retail medical products worth $5,000 or more by fr...
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On Wednesday, CT Insider reported that a Connecticut man has been arrested for sending out over 100 threatening letters to journalists who reported on racial issues — and Supreme Court justices.
"A number of the more than 100 threatening letters were sent to the homes of reporters and editors at Hearst Connecticut Media Group, the arrest warrant application shows. Those reporters had written stories with subjects who are Black and about race-related issues. A number of the people named in the stories also received threatening letters," reported Christine Dempsey. "Some of the letters threatened the journalists over their coverage of race-related issues, the application shows. 'All the changes in this letter Must be followed or else punishment at peoples’ homes including yours will occur!' Santillo allegedly wrote."
"One letter contained a similar threat, the affidavit states: 'We are telling everyone including the head of the NAACP and the KKK and all similar organizations including all 'white' supremacy organizations. People that don’t follow all this will be killed,'" said the report. "At least one letter was intercepted by the postal service before it got to a reporter."
According to the report, Santillo, who has also lived in Florida, has repeatedly been charged with mail threats in incidents since 2003. "In August 2016, Santillo was sentenced to five years of probation for sending threatening letters to public figures in Connecticut, including the New Haven police chief, Yale and Quinnipiac university administrators and federal judges," said the report. "He was indicted in September 2014 for sending threatening letters to the Connecticut officials about a homicide investigation from 1998, and he pleaded guilty to one count of mailing threatening communications in March 2015."
Santillo faces up to 10 years in prison for the Supreme Court justice threats alone. In order to be released pending trial, he must receive psychiatric treatment, adhere to a curfew, not possess any weapons, and cannot send a letter or email to any non-relative without the approval of a close family member.
Supreme Court justices have faced multiple threats in recent years. The gunman who murdered District Judge Esther Salas' son in her home also had plans to target Justice Sonia Sotomayor. And in the run-up to this year's Roe v. Wade repeal, a California man turned himself in to authorities after traveling to D.C. to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Mary Trump: My uncle knew J6 rioters would 'escort' him because he's too much of a 'physical coward' to go into a riot
On MSNBC Wednesday, Mary Trump argued that the only way former President Donald Trump's actions on January 6 make sense is if he understood that the far-right groups attacking the U.S. Capitol would "escort" him safely into the building to do whatever he wanted.
This comes after former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified that the former president demanded his supporters be allowed to approach the Capitol even knowing they were armed, and attacked his own security detail when they wouldn't take him to the Capitol to join them.
"Knowing Donald Trump as you do, what do you think he might have done if he had gone to the Capitol?" asked anchor Joy Reid.
"Joy, I've been thinking about that a lot, because it doesn't make sense if Donald thought for a second he was going to be in harm's way — quite honestly, when I first heard months ago he was going to go to the Capitol, I didn't think it was true because he's such a physical coward," she said.
The testimony from figures like Hutchinson on what Trump knew about the riot, said Mary Trump, made everything click.
"But then we hear he knows the people are armed, we know the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers were on board from the very beginning," she said. "I'm beginning to — he knew they were going to be there to escort him into the building where he would make his play on the floor of Congress. Again, it's speculation. I can't think of any other scenario in which he would put himself in such a position. He needed to feel 100 percent confident that he was going to be just fine."
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'His faith turned violent': Republican candidate panned after ad featuring 'angry Democrats in Klan hoods'
GOP congressional candidate Jerone Davison brandished an AR-15 in a new campaign ad where he wards off "a dozen angry Democrats in Klan hoods."
"Davison, a former NFL player and pastor, is one of five Republicans running for the GOP nomination in Arizona's 4th Congressional District, which includes parts of Tempe, Mesa and Chandler," The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday. "He posted the 24-second clip with the caption 'Make Rifles Great Again,' with an emoji of a bicep curl, which is often used to indicate strength."
In the ad, the Ku Klux Klan is armed with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, a hammer, a hatchet, and a 4-tine garden cultivator.
Davison received harsh criticism online.
\u201c@Jerone4Congress Wait...you're a Republican and you're trying to say WE'RE the KKK risk. Rotflmao.\u201d— Jerone Davison for Congress #AZCD4 (@Jerone Davison for Congress #AZCD4) 1657120379
Not everyone was critical of the ad, self-described "Anarcho-Nihilist" Justin O'Donnell praised Trump for his role in inspiring the bit.
"Donald Trump's presidency normalized hyperbole and absurdity in political advertising. And that alone may stand as his greatest contribution to the world," he wrote.
But much of the commentary was harsh.
"What in God's name is wrong with these people?" wondered bestselling author Jeff Pearlman.
He asked Davison, "have you not seen what's going down with guns? With innocents getting slaughtered?"
"Is it JUST about being loud and toxic and attention-seeking on social media? Is that what this is? F*cking shameful," he wrote.
"Once upon a time, [Davison] used his faith for good. He saw people hurting, and aspired to help. Then, over the past decade, he became infected. His faith turned violent. Prayer morphed into threats. Machismo trumped humility. Like so many others. Honestly breaks my heart," he added.
\u201cOnce upon a time, @Jerone4Congress used his faith for good. He saw people hurting, and aspired to help. Then, over the past decade, he became infected. His faith turned violent. Prayer morphed into threats. Machismo trumped humility. Like so many others. Honestly breaks my heart.\u201d— Jeff Pearlman (@Jeff Pearlman) 1657145455
\u201cBy their ads, Eric Greitens is running for Senate with an assault gun to kill \u201cRHINO\u201d Republicans; Jerone Davidson is running for Congress with an AR15 to kill \u201cDemocrats in Klan hoods.\u201d\n\nThe rest of us\u2753\n\nWe\u2019re just running to AVOID getting killed. SMDH \n\u201d— Rev. & Prof. Cornell William Brooks (@Rev. & Prof. Cornell William Brooks) 1657151513
\u201cOnly in Arizona..... "When this rifle is the only thing standing between your family and a dozen angry Democrats in Klan hoods, you just might need that semi-automatic. And all 30 rounds."\u201d— Laurie Roberts (@Laurie Roberts) 1657145356
\u201c\u201cA dozen angry Democrats in klan hoods.\u201d\n\nYou can\u2019t even make this stuff up anymore.\n\nThe gaslighting, lies, projection, and ignorance are off the charts.\n\nJerone Davison is insane.\n\nArizona is a beautiful, magical state, but wtaf is going on out there?\n\n\u201d— The USA Singers (@The USA Singers) 1657141011
\u201cThis is sickening. Arizona Republican (of course) congressional candidate Jerone Davison releases campaign ad using his AR-15 to threaten killing \u201cangry Democrats in Klan hoods\u201d who are lurking outside his home for some reason.\u201d— Mike Sington (@Mike Sington) 1657148582
\u201cWeird that Republicans know where to get Klan hoods. Hmmm.\u201d— Martha Brockenbrough FRANK AND THE BAD SURPRISE (@Martha Brockenbrough FRANK AND THE BAD SURPRISE) 1657144348
The best part is he had to say "democrats in Klan hoods" because he knows his base (republicans) would be offended by a less specific description.
— Rod (@rodimusprime) July 6, 2022