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On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that Ted Williams, a legal analyst for Fox News, tore into the defense counsel for Ahmaud Arbery's killers, calling their attacks on his feet "very offensive."
The legal analyst started off by saying he was "very, very embarrassed by the manner in which several defense attorneys put on their case and it may very well have hurt them and their clients with the jury."
Williams proceeded to single out defense lawyers' decision to focus on Arbery's physical appearance in their closing remarks.
"When you give a closing argument and you talk about a dead man's dirty long, black toenails, that in and of itself is very offensive," he said. "When you stand up and you tell a judge that there are Black pastors in the room and that you don't want them there, that also was very offensive!'"
The comments, made by an attorney for the McMichaels, have triggered nationwide outrage, with some experts even likening it to old racially-charged attacks on runaway slaves.
Both McMichaels, along with William "Roddie" Bryan, have been convicted of murder in the death of Arbery.
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“When you give a closing argument and you talk about a dead man's dirty long, black toenails, that in and of itself is very offensive," Fox News contributor Ted Williams declared.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson bragged about signing a bill limiting the potential for wrongful convictions on Wednesday, despite refusing to grant clemency to the now-exonerated convict included in his statement just months earlier.
The development centers on Kevin Strickland, a Black 62-year-old wrongfully convicted of killing three people in Kansas City, Missouri back in 1979. Just 18 at the time, Strickland had been erroneously picked out of a line-up by one of the surviving victims of the crime, even though there was no direct evidence linking Strickland to the crime. Strickland's first trial ended with a hung jury. His second, voted on by an all-white jury, ended in a life sentence with no chance of parole for fifty years.
Back in September of last year, calls for his innocence were renewed after former prosecutors on the case reviewed the decision, filing a motion for Strickland's release. Over a dozen state lawmakers, including Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, shortly backed the petition, but Parson shut the bid down, refusing to grant Strickland clemency. Parson's refusal earned the governor intense backlash, largely because he pardoned Patricia and Mark McCloskey, a wealthy white couple who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters last year in St. Louis.
On Tuesday, after spending 42 years behind bars, Strickland was granted immediate release from prison following a three-day hearing which found him innocent. The next day, Parson — despite choosing not to release Strickland when he had the chance — touted his approval of a bill that would have allowed for Strickland's exoneration.
"Earlier this year, I signed SB 53, which created a judicial procedure for prosecuting attorneys to use, in cases like this one, where the prosecutor believes that there was a miscarriage of justice and a wrongful conviction was entered," the governor tweeted.
The governor's comments were widely condemned online.
"Shame on you, Mike," tweeted Aisha Sultan, columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Missouri Gov. Mike Parson pardoned the gun-toting McCloskey couple who pointed firearms at protestors, but he refused to pardon Kevin Strickland, who has served 42 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit."
"Governor Parson ironically takes credit for signing SB53, while not pardoning or granting clemency for Kevin Strickland, which he could do anytime," echoed Christine Hyman, a 2022 candidate for the Missouri state Assembly.
According to the BBC News, lawyers with the Midwest Innocence Project worked for months to materialize Strickland's release.
"We were confident any judge who saw the evidence would find Mr Strickland is innocent and that is exactly what happened," said Midwest Innocence Project legal director Tricia Rojo Bushnell. "Nothing will give him the 43 years he has lost and he returns home to a state that will not pay him a cent for the time it stole from him. That is not justice."
Though Strickland has served the longest wrongful sentence in the state's history, he will not be entitled to any form of financial relief. According to Missouri law, compensation is only provided by dint of exculpatory DNA evidence — not eyewitness accounts.
In an interview with ABC News following his release, Strickland said he has nothing to his name, adding that he might have to live in a cardboard box and "get up under a bridge somewhere."
"I mean, what do I have?" asked Strickland, who is now in a wheelchair. "If they would tell me to roll out now, they'd take this chair. I'd have to crawl out of the front door
"Trump whisperer" Roger Stone is blaming former special counsel Robert Mueller for a civil lawsuit filed against him by the Department of Justice alleging that he evaded tax payments and defrauded the federal government.
In response to the DOJ lawsuit, Stone's lawyers alleged in a court filing this week, "This case would never have been brought if it didn't involve Roger Stone," according to the Daily Beast.
Stone's response to the DOJ lawsuit was filed on the same day he was subpoenaed by the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol insurrection.
Stone and his wife, Nydia, face federal civil charges "related to $2 million in unpaid taxes accumulated over more than a decade, as well as an allegedly fraudulent real estate deal prosecutors say was designed to shelter assets from government collectors while the couple maintained a lavish lifestyle," the Daily Beast reports.
But Stone's lawyers claim the lawsuit stems from Mueller's Russia investigation, which led to his conviction on seven felony charges of lying and witness tampering, and "nearly bankrupted him."
"One problem with this argument: The new charges, which center largely on transactions carried out in February and March 2019, predate that trial," the Daily Beast reports. "Another problem: Federal prosecutors have argued that Stone engaged in the alleged fraud precisely because he anticipated the ordeal might bankrupt him."
In "non sequitir" fashion, Stone's response to the DOJ lawsuit goes on to attack Mueller for the Russia investigation and praise former president Donald Trump, the Daily Beast reports.
"If anything, the legal seas have only grown choppier for Roger Stone after Trump's December pardon," according to the site. "That was soon followed by the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, which had been fueled by rallies Stone attended alongside Oath Keeper militia members. And on Monday, the Jan. 6 House select committee subpoenaed Stone over his alleged role in the event. Then in April, the DOJ hit the Stones with the tax evasion indictment."