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Privileged South Carolina teen rapist violated house arrest 50 times before trial -- because he was 'depressed'
On Friday, The Daily Beast reported that Bowen Turner, the highly-connected Orangeburg, South Carolina teenager given an unusually lenient sentence after pleading guilty in a rape case, violated the terms of his house arrest as many as 50 times in four months ahead of his trial.
According to his lawyer, Democratic state Senate Minority Leader Brad Hutto, he only did it because he was feeling "depressed".
"Bowen Turner, 19, was placed under strict home confinement by Judge George McFaddin, who specifically told him he could leave only to meet with his attorneys or for medical appointments, and that he was 'not to go shopping, go to any malls, any vacations, day vacations to the beach. It’s there and back. There will be no frolicking on those trips,'" reported Justin Rohrlich. "Yet, Turner’s GPS monitor caught him playing golf, going shopping, and eating out."
According to the report, Hutto "tried to explain away the transgressions in an email to McFaddin, claiming, 'As part of the therapy for his depression, [Turner’s] doctor told his parents that he needed to get out of the house just a little bit.'"
Turner, whose father is employed by a local prosecutor, was re-arrested earlier this month after a disorderly conduct incident at a bar, including underage drinking and telling a police officer he would "bite [his] f**king finger off" if forced to wear a mask.
The strangely mild sentence for Turner, who allegedly raped three teenage girls in three counties over the course of a two-year period, has become a focus of national controversy.
MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace on Thursday said that efforts by lawyer John Eastman to protect himself further implicated Donald Trump as the ringleader of the conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election.
"John Eastman, the attorney who architected Donald Trump’s last-ditch legal strategy to overturn the 2020 election, revealed Friday that he routinely communicated with Trump either directly or via 'six conduits' during the chaotic weeks that preceded the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol," Politico reported Friday. "In a late-night court filing urging a federal judge to maintain the confidentiality of his work for Trump, Eastman provided the clearest insight yet into the blizzard of communications between Trump, his top aides, his campaign lawyers and the army of outside attorneys who were working to help reverse the outcome in a handful of states won by Joe Biden."
Eastman is seeking to convince U.S. District Court Judge David Carter to shield his conversations from the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Eastman says he received “two hand-written notes from former President Trump about information that he thought might be useful for the anticipated litigation.”
Wallace described how she perceived the dynamics.
She said Eastman, "who from the outside, it looks like he's trying to strengthen attorney-client privilege claims, but in doing so, he seems to either wittingly or unwittingly be throwing Donald Trump under the bus as the architect of the coup. He's alleging that, I guess, everything he did was in direct consultation with and after conversations and handwritten notes from Donald Trump."
"How does the 1/6 committee view those revelations?" she asked New York Times reporter Luke Broadwater.
"Yeah, it's really a fascinating court filing from John Eastman, where he says that he spoke directly to President Trump as they were coming up with some of these legal theories to try to overturn the election," he replied.
"Now, we know Donald Trump called John Eastman into the Oval Office and the two of them together attempted to pressure Mike Pence and then later Mike Pence's attorney, lead attorney, to go along with the plan to overturn the election throughout legitimate votes or delay the certification of the votes to give state legislatures the chance to install pro-Trump electors and put Donald Trump in office for a second term," he explained.
"But yeah, I mean, he directly names Donald Trump here as being one of the people who directed this plan and came up with it, and you know, I do think this is a fascinating revelation," Broadwater noted.
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In a unanimous ruling, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that a man who was convicted of misdemeanor disorderly conduct for breaking into his estranged wife’s home and threatening her while waving a two-by-four is eligible to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
The court found that the man “did not commit a crime of domestic violence.” Under federal law, if a person has been convicted of a domestic violence related misdemeanor, they are ineligible to possess a firearm.
Despite the unanimous ruling, Justice Jill Karofsky wrote a scathing concurrence in which she said that on technical legal grounds the ruling is correct but that the law is “as nonsensical as it is dangerous.” She cited statistics showing victims of domestic violence are frequently murdered when their abusers own guns.
In 1993, Daniel Doubek of Door County smashed the glass of the front door of his wife’s home to unlock the door. When he got inside, he raised a piece of lumber above his head and told her “she’s dead.”
Doubek’s wife was home alone with the couple’s 4-year-old daughter. She called for help from the neighbors while she and her husband argued outside for about 30 minutes as he continued to threaten her. Eventually he left and ultimately pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
In 2016, Doubek applied for and received a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Three years later, the Wisconsin Department of Justice reversed its decision to grant the permit, citing his history of domestic violence. Doubek appealed to a circuit court, which agreed with the state. Friday’s Supreme Court decision is a reversal of the circuit court.
Doubek’s attorneys argued that disorderly conduct is not a domestic violence related crime so he should be able to possess a gun. In his majority opinion, Justice Brian Hagedorn wrote that the court must base its decision “solely on whether the elements of the crime of conviction sufficiently match the elements” of the relevant federal statute, “while ignoring the particular facts of the case.”
Karofsky wrote that ignoring the facts of the case is dangerous.
“A domestic abuse victim is five times more likely to be killed by her abuser when the abuser has access to a gun,” she wrote. “Every month in this country an average of 70 women lose their lives to a domestic abuse perpetrator using a gun. Over half of all male-perpetrated femicides related to domestic abuse are the result of a firearm. What’s more, an abuser’s access to a gun increases the risk that a domestic homicide will claim the lives of multiple victims. And even where no homicide occurs, a gun provides an abuser additional means to coerce, threaten, or terrorize a domestic abuse victim.”
While Karofsky agreed with the rest of the court that legally Doubek should be allowed to possess a weapon, she said that a legislative change should be made to close the loophole.
“Recognizing this deadly combination, Congress enacted a firearm ban on domestic violence misdemeanants to address a ‘dangerous loophole’ in which domestic abusers avoided losing their access to guns because often prosecutors did not charge, much less convict, such abusers as felons — a status that generally would dispossess them,” she wrote. “Cases like this show the loophole is still open and dangerously so. Closing it, though, requires legislative — rather than judicial — action.”
Karofsky suggests three potential actions for the state Legislature: adding a criminal statute of “threatened battery,” making “domestic abuse” a standalone crime or allowing courts to make the determination that the facts of a case constitute a crime of domestic violence.
Rep. Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) said on Friday that the decision was a sign that the Legislature should pass a bill she co-authored with Sen. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) that would prohibit anyone with a domestic violence conviction, including disorderly conduct, from owning a firearm.
“It is unacceptable that Republicans would allow yet another session to pass without taking action to protect victims of domestic violence,” Subeck said. “We must give law enforcement and the courts the tools they need to protect our families and communities from dangerous individuals with a history of violent behavior.”
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