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A Michigan teenager who killed four classmates and injured seven other people hoped that his school massacre would lead to President Joe Biden's impeachment, and his parents expressed concern that politics might hurt their chances of getting a fair trial.
Journal entries written by 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley were disclosed Wednesday in a new court filing, which showed the teenager laying out a "detailed plan" for the mass shooting and using insults against Biden that had been popularized by former President Donald Trump, reported the Detroit Free Press.
"Hopefully my shooting will cause Biden to get impeached," the teen wrote in his journal. "Sleepy f*cking Joe Biden will have to make an apolg(y) to people."
Attorneys for James and Jennifer Crumbley, who are facing involuntary manslaughter charges, say the journal entries would unfairly bring politics into the trial, and they said jurors might view the case through the lens of their support for either Biden or Trump if the journal was allowed to be entered into evidence.
"The materials risk the danger of turning jury deliberations into a political debate," the defense lawyers wrote. "It would also be likely to lead to longer deliberations and possibly an endless string of hung juries, as the likelihood that all jurors would have the same attitude about the anti-Biden diatribe of (Ethan) is surely close to zero."'
Jennifer Crumbley wrote an open letter in 2016 thanking Trump for supporting gun rights, and both parents expressed support for the former president.
"You made the famous ‘grab them in the p*ssy’ comment, did it offend me? No," she wrote to Trump. "I say things all the time that people take the wrong way, do I mean them, not always. Do I agree that you should of [sic] shown your tax returns? No. I don’t care what you do or maybe don’t pay in taxes, I think those are personal and if the Gov’t can lock someone up over $10,000 of unpaid taxes and you slipped on by, then that shows the corruption.”
The son's journal also reveals the teen's use of racial slurs, along with complaints about his parents, teachers, school administrators and classmates.
"The first victim has to be a pretty girl with a future so she can suffer just like me," he wrote in one entry. "I will cause the biggest school shooting in Michigan’s history. I will kill everyone I f*cking see. I have fully mentally lost it after years of fighting my dark side. My parents won’t listen to me about help or a therapist."
The parents' attorneys say they were unaware of the journal, but text messages show the teenager tried to ask them for help with mental troubles but he felt they didn't care.
"They make me feel like I'm the problem," Ethan texted a friend. "My mom makes everyone feel like a piece of sh*t. I actually asked my dad to take me to the doctor the other day, and he just gave me some pills and said to 'suck it up.' My mom laughed when I told her."
Pro-Trump clerk Tina Peters hit with third ethics complaint after MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell blabs to reporters
Colorado’s Independent Ethics Commission will review a third ethics complaint against Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters involving substantial alleged gifts from MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.
The commission determined that the complaint was non-frivolous during its May 17 meeting.
The complaint was filed by Anne Landman, a Grand Junction resident who filed the other two complaints to be reviewed by the commission. It stems from comments Lindell made to a 9News reporter during an April rally at the state Capitol that he has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to an out-of-state legal defense fund that supports Peters.
Peters, a Republican who is running for secretary of state, is the subject of multiple lawsuits and investigations related to her conduct as an elected official. She was indicted by a grand jury for her alleged role in facilitating a security breach to Mesa County’s elections systems during a software update in 2021. She also faces obstruction charges when she refused to comply with a search warrant after allegedly recording a court proceeding without permission.
Peters has historically directed her supporters to donate to her criminal defense legal fund through a Colorado-based site called StandWithTina.org, which has been taken down. The complaint notes that Peters removed the site after Landman’s January 2022 IEC complaint about the site was filed. Peters now directs financial contributions to the Lindell Legal Offense Fund, which does not list who it supports on its website, only that they are “vetted” by Lindell.
During the April rally, Lindell told a reporter he has put in “three, four, five, maybe $800,000” of his own money towards Peters’ legal defense. He denied a close, personal relationship with Peters.
The Colorado Constitution limits gifts that an elected official can accept from a non-relative or close friend to a $65 value.
Additionally, the complaint brings up a 2013 IEC decision that requires the public disclosure of donor names and financial contributions to legal defense funds.
“Peters has been operating under a cloud of secrecy as donors and the donated amounts have not been publicly disclosed. Indeed, a public official receiving approximately $800,000 from a single donor and unknown amounts from other donors triggers the concerns Advisory Opinion 13-01 (the 2013 opinion) seeks to avoid,” the complaint reads.
Landman’s two other complaints concern Peters’ initial legal defense fund and flights she took on Lindell’s private jet. Peters received a stay on the complaint about the flights until after district court proceedings that also involve the behavior are complete.
Landman runs a blog that focuses on western Colorado politics.
Peters has 30 days to respond to the newest complaint.
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Jordan's King Abdullah II said Thursday his half-brother Prince Hamzah, accused of involvement in a coup plot last year, is in a state of "delusion" and will remain under house arrest.
Authorities in Jordan announced in April last year that they had foiled a bid to destabilise the Western-allied kingdom, marking a rare crisis in a nation seen as a pillar of regional stability.
Two former officials were sentenced to 15 years in jail in July after they were found guilty of conspiring to topple the king in favour of Prince Hamzah, who escaped prosecution but was ordered into house arrest.
The king said in a statement released on Thursday that his half-brother would remain under house arrest, and that further restrictions would be imposed upon him.
"A Royal Decree was issued, approving the recommendation of the council formed in accordance with the Royal Family Law, to restrict the communications, place of residence, and movement of Prince Hamzah," the statement from the royal palace said.
Hamzah had last month announced he was "renouncing the title of prince", a month after a royal court statement said he had apologised to the king for the attempted coup.
But Abdullah II said on Thursday that Hamzah had during the past year or so "exhausted all opportunities to restore himself on the right path".
"The delusion he lives in is not new," the king said.
"Not long after vowing to renounce his erroneous ways, he goes back on his promises and returns to the path he chose years ago, putting his interests before the nation."
The king appointed Hamzah as crown prince in 1999, at the request of his late father, King Hussein, but removed him from the post in 2004, later naming his son, Prince Hussein, as next in line to the Hashemite throne.
Hamzah's mother, American-born Queen Noor, said on Twitter shortly after the king's announcement that "some truly bizarre and stranger than fiction stuff (is) circulating right now," without elaborating.
The two officials convicted last year were former royal court chief Bassem Awadallah and an ex-envoy to neighboring Saudi Arabia, Sharif Hassan bin Zaid.
Both were reported to have had close ties to Riyadh, and were found guilty of "incitement against the ruling system" and "acts that could threaten society and create sedition".
Hamzah was not charged in the trial, but the charge sheet said he was "determined to fulfill his personal ambition to rule, in violation of the Hashemite constitution and customs".
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