All-white jury acquits former cop accused of shooting unarmed Black man: lawyer

A former cop in rural Texas was acquitted after he allegedly shot and killed an unarmed Black man, and the lawyer for the victim's family made sure to note that the case was heard by an all-white jury.

Shaun Lucas, a former police officer in Hunt County, Texas, shot 31-year-old Jonathan Pryce outside of a convenience store in 2020, killing him. Texas authorities charged Lucas with murder after concluding that it was unnecessary for him to have fired his gun.

As the trial began, prosecutors alleged that Lucas should be held responsible, claiming that Pryce was reportedly unarmed and walking away from Lucas at the time he was shot. In a statement regarding the incident, Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Lonny Haschel said that "Officer Lucas deployed his TASER, followed by discharging his service weapon, striking Price."

Investigators said that Lucas' handling of the situation, as well as his decision to shoot Pryce, was "not objectively reasonable."

However, the defense argued that Lucas was left with no choice but to shoot Pryce, as his life was in imminent danger. Lucas himself also testified, and body cam footage reportedly showed Pryce as intoxicated and argumentative with Lucas. As he begins walking away, Pryce reportedly turned around and reached out, at which point Lucas shot him, according to testimony.

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Lucas was acquitted after five hours, according to Law and Crime.

An attorney for Lucas' family, Lee Merritt, responded in outrage to the decision on Twitter, highlighting the fact that all 12 members of the jury were white. He also reiterated that Pryce was reportedly unarmed at the time of the shooting.

"Shaun Lucas was acquitted in rural Hunt County Texas by an all-white jury," Merritt tweeted. "At the time of his murder he was unarmed and did not pose a threat to any one. Every law enforcement professional that reviewed the facts concluded Lucas’ use of force was unjustified."

"The jury’s verdict goes against the weight of the evidence and leaves black Texans exposed to state-sanctioned violence," Merritt added.

Merritt said that the family would be appealing the acquittal to a higher court.

In addition, Pryce's mother Marcella Louis is also suing Lucas in civil court, claiming that her son was killed "without justification" and that Lucas violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

A former football player at Hardin-Simmons University, the school said that Pryce "was considered a hometown hero in Wolfe City, Texas before his life was tragically cut short when he was killed by a police officer after intervening in a domestic fight at a local convenience store."

Illinois governor blasts 'faux newspapers' that ran reported partisan attack ads

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker blasted the publisher of a Chicagoland newspaper on Thursday after the paper published copies with what has been described as "partisan attack ads" against the governor.

According to Politico, local newspaper the Daily Herald, which is published throughout the northern Chicago suburbs, distributed "faux newspapers" with advertisements produced by Dan Proft, a conservative broadcaster and failed perennial candidate in Illinois. Although Proft is now a resident of Illinois, it was reported that he financed the ads through the Herald's owner, Paddock Publishing, as part of his company, Local Government Information Services (LGIS).

These ads were reportedly designed purposefully to slam Pritzker, who is running for re-election, in favor of his Republican challenger, Darren Bailey.

In a letter to Paddock Publishing, Pritzker's office said that it wanted to express "our extreme disappointment and utter shock" at the ads. "[LGIS] is the right-wing organization headed by Republican political strategist Dan Proft that is responsible for the onslaught of fake and misleading newspaper-style mailers that have been arriving in mailboxes across Illinois," the letter continued. "These mailers are specifically designed to mislead readers into thinking they are legitimate journalism when in reality they are unlabeled ads attacking political candidates. Many residents who’ve received these pink slime reports shared that they never subscribed to LGIS and had no interest in receiving them in the first place."

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The statement went on to say that "these fake newspapers represent an existential threat to quality, independent journalism–making it all the more unfathomable Paddock would cast its journalistic responsibility aside in the name of profit. By allowing these fraudulent mailers to share a permit with the Daily Herald, Paddock is actively undermining the good work that the legitimate reporters at the Daily Herald do every day to combat the rising wave of misinformation and fake news."

As a result of the ads, Pritzker's office said that it would be pulling out of an upcoming political forum, which is slated to be hosted by the Herald. Following the statement, the Herald released a statement of their own, saying that they had canceled their contract with LGIS.

"It was a business decision to take on the job. The perception among some has become that the Daily Herald is the publisher of these publications. It is not," the Herald said. "The company does not endorse the content of any of the print jobs it does for vendors, including many newspapers. It neither embraces nor condemns them. It merely prints them."

The governor is reportedly reconsidering joining the forum following this statement.

Proft released a statement of his own, saying that the papers would "continue to be printed and distributed even if we have to return to the Gutenberg press," and said that Pritzker "threw a tantrum and got his way."

New Mexico Democrats condemn 'racist' mail ad and urge GOP to distance themselves from it

Democrats in New Mexico are calling on the state's Republican Party to distance themselves from a GOP mail advertisement that was condemned by the Democrats are racist.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the mail ad was paid for by the New Mexico GOP, and was distributed among nine House districts that are considered up for grabs during the midterms. The New Mexican displayed a picture of the ad, which depicts a stock photo in which a pair of dark hands is cutting the hair of a depressed-looking young boy.

"Your state representative...voted to allow convicted sex offenders to receive professional licenses for activities such as cutting hair or working as a nail technician, leaving unsuspecting women and children vulnerable to predators," the ad says. "Do you want a sex offender cutting your or your child's hair?"

Santa Fe New Mexican

The ad quickly incited backlash from Democrats and activists across the state, who decried the ad as racist. In particular, criticism was aimed at the fact that the person's hands in the ad had reportedly been digitally altered to appear darker.

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“These images leave scars,” Rev. Charles E. Blacknell, president of the New Mexico chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said during a press conference. “I say to my fellow New Mexicans: It is time that we put an end to this kind of crap. Excuse my French. But we’re better than this, and we need to demonstrate to our fellow New Mexicans this is not acceptable."

Becknell's comments followed an earlier statement in which he said, “Digitally darkening the skin tone of the person in this ad, while suggesting they are a sexual predator, is blatantly racist and completely inexcusable.”

Republicans in the state, though, were quick to turn the tables, arguing that the ad was not racist, and said that it was a "ridiculous" argument from the left.

New Mexico House Republican Whip Rod Montoya (R-Farmington) said that the ad was darkened not to change the skin color of the hands, but to make the boy appear "shadowy," and said that Democrats on the flip side of the ad were similarly darkened.

“These progressives in the legislature just continue to choose the rights of convicted criminals over victims and over public safety,” Montoya said in a statement. “That’s the issue, so they’re trying to make this about racism when the person is obviously gray. The hands look more like Gollum from 'Lord of the Rings.'"

However, New Mexico House Majority Leader Javier Martínez (D-Albuquerque) was not buying the GOP's argument, and said that the mailer may have already influenced voters across New Mexico.

“I’ve been in politics a long time, both as an elected official [and] as an advocate probably more than 20 years. This is one of the most vile examples of racist dog whistles that I have ever seen," Martínez said during a news conference. "Luckily, New Mexicans are way too smart to fall for these hateful tricks.”

GOP candidate who touted 'back the blue' likely had 'aggressive' incident with police in 2018: report

A GOP Senate candidate who has consistently touted law enforcement and the "Back the Blue" movement was likely involved in an angry altercation with police in 2018, a new report said Friday.

According to a report from The Daily Beast, New Hampshire Senate candidate Don Bolduc was likely the person involved in a domestic disturbance with police officers in 2018 that required backup to be sent to his home. According to the dispatch log obtained by the Beast, the incident began when Bolduc's wife Sharon called 911 for a medical emergency for a man in his 50s, possibly Bolduc, and said he was reportedly experiencing chest pains and trouble breathing.

When Stratham Police Department officers arrived at the home of Bolduc - a former Army brigadier general - they requested backup, saying that there was a "verbal domestic incident" at the location. The incident report then goes on to say that someone in front of the home became “aggressive towards the police” when backup arrived, and told officers, “I feel like I’m being interrogated in my own driveway.” The rest of the family was reportedly cooperative with police.

The report then said that the person's “demeanor did not change and was still very much on edge," adding “[two people] were having an argument and it escalated." The officers eventually radio in to confirm that no crime had occurred.

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The incident report never specifically mentions Bolduc as the aggressor, due to a number of portions being redacted. However, property records obtained by the Beast show that he was the owner of the house at the time, and that the person who talked about feeling "interrogated in my own driveway" was at Bolduc's address.

A spokesperson for Bolduc's campaign told the Beast that the incident was the result of two brothers fighting over a car accident, though she did not specifically mention the police response.

“Brothers will be brothers and the next morning when the damage to the car was discovered, tensions were high between the boys,” the spokesperson said in the statement. “This incident was resolved between the brothers. Out of an abundance of caution the EMTs were called when the General wasn’t feeling well trying to defuse the situation. Thankfully he was okay and the family enjoyed a lovely Christmas.”

The statement added that Bolduc was "a decorated officer who always treats police with the utmost respect."

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If the person in the report is indeed Bolduc, it would seem to go against his support of the police, something that he has touted heavily as part of his Senate campaign. There is even a picture on his Facebook page of Bolduc posing with an officer from the nearby Salem Police Department.

Bolduc has previously stirred up controversy, as he was one of 124 generals who signed a letter falsely claiming that former President Donald Trump won the 2020 election. He later backtracked on this, though, after his primary win.

Legal analyst says Matt Gaetz decision is 'atrocious prosecutorial practice'

Following a Washington Post report that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will likely not recommend sex trafficking charges against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), one legal mind shared his anger with the course of the investigation, calling it "atrocious prosecutorial practice."

Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor and senior legal analyst for CNN, explained the problems with the DOJ's moves on Twitter. "The problem with DOJ’s approach to the Gaetz case is you don’t cooperate with a horrible person like Joel Greenberg *unless and until* you know for sure you can and will rely on his testimony. To flip Greenberg and decide later that he’s unusable is atrocious prosecutorial practice," Honig said.

The person Honig is referring to, Joel Greenberg, was a former tax collector previously associated with Gaetz. He was charged in 2020 and pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a minor, in addition to a host of other charges.

In cooperating with the DOJ for a deal, Greenberg provided evidence that pointed toward Gaetz allegedly committing similar crimes with minors. This evidence reportedly pointed toward Greenberg allegedly paying a 17-year-old girl to have sex with Gaetz.

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According to the Post, Greenberg, who is scheduled to be sentenced later this year, may receive a lighter sentence if it is decided that he gave "substantial assistance" toward other cases, including Gaetz's. He has already had 27 other charges against him dropped in exchange for his cooperation.

However, Greenberg had already admitted to making up allegations about a different sexual relationship, and Honig criticized the fact that the DOJ gave a deal to a witness without first making sure he was credible.

"Prosecutors flip bad guys all the time; I've flipped killers. But you don't give a cooperation deal until you have fully vetted them and are sure they are strongly corroborated," Honig added. "To do otherwise is to cut Greenberg a huge break, without making other big cases from his testimony."

Honig also said that "you don't flip an unspeakably horrible person like Greenberg -- admitted child sex offender, perjurer, and fraudster -- to go after the riffraff."

Gaetz, meanwhile, has continually denied any wrongdoing, and has claimed his innocence since the investigation into him first started nearly two years ago. He is not completely out of the woods yet, however, as the House Ethics Committee also launched their own investigation in 2021.

Reporter sounds the alarm about Trump promoting 'the most red-pilled' QAnon video yet

One reporter sent out an urgent warning after former President Donald Trump posted what may be his most bizarre, QAnon-related, and conspiracy-laden video yet on his Truth Social platform.

The video was "re-truthed" by Trump on Thursday evening, and as The Daily Beast political reporter Will Sommer noted, the imagery was "filled with overt QAnon memes," and that the former president was really "stepping his QAnon outreach."

Truth Social

"This new video might be the most red-pilled QAnon content Trump has ever posted, which is saying something," Sommer wrote on Twitter. "Filled with references to military tribunals, pedophiles, Satanists, and Punisher skulls."

While Trump has long been associated with the QAnon movement, he has been propagating their conspiracies more and more in recent months. This video may be the closest that he has come to an outright endorsement of the group..

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The video contains memes, mostly of Trump, in relation to numerous QAnon tropes. This includes memes promoting the false narrative that Trump won the 2020 election, as well as memes telling patriotic Americans to "prepare for the storm." Many of these pictures are of Trump, but a number of them include many QAnon symbols, such as the letter 'Q', a Punisher skull, and 'WWG1WGA,' - a common QAnon slogan for "Where We Go One, We Go All."

Many of these pictures also hint at a comeback for Trump, with one saying that "it's not over by a longshot." One of QAnon's most prominent theories is that the former president will somehow be reinstated into office to take revenge against his political enemies. There is also a photo that compares Trump to former President John F. Kennedy. This may be related to perhaps the strangest QAnon theory - that Kennedy's son, JFK JR., faked his own death in 1997 and will return to help Trump run the country.

According to one report, some QAnon followers even believe Kennedy himself is still alive and disguising himself as Trump - despite the fact that JFK would be 105 years old.

All of this seems to corroborate what many political analysts have been saying: That Trump is now beginning to fully embrace the QAnon movement, as they are among his strongest supporters. When the video made its way across other social media platforms, many people took notice of the rally that Trump had last week, which was similarly filled with QAnon imagery and alleged QAnon music.

Newt Gingrich lashes out at reporter over Jan. 6 question — accuses him of having a 'learning disability'

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was asked on Thursday what his thoughts were about the Jan. 6 Committee, but instead of answering the question, he proceeded to insult the person who asked it.

Video posted on Twitter by NBC News senior congressional reporter Scott Wong shows him asking Gingrich, "What do you think about the Jan. 6 committee?" Gingrich at first replied, "I don't," and then turned away from Wong.

Wong tried again, asking the former Republican speaker, "You have no thoughts about the committee itself?" Gingrich then turns to Wong and says, "I think you have a learning disability. The fact is, I've said to you three or four times, I don't talk about it. You don't seem to - try the phrase, 'I don't talk about it.'"

Gingrich was at the Capitol to promote the platform of House Republicans - which was similar to his 1994 plan that helped Republicans win back control of the House. However, he was asked a number of times by reporters about his thought on the Jan. 6 Committee, likely because the committee has been trying to get Gingrich to testify, or at least give them information, for a while.

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The committee leaders wrote a letter to Gingrich at the beginning of September in which they were trying to get him to sit with them, claiming that Gingrich has information directly related to former President Donald Trump's attempted efforts to throw out the 2020 election.

“The Committee has obtained information indicating that you have knowledge about former President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, and we write to seek your voluntary cooperation,” committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) wrote in the letter. “Some of the information that we have obtained includes email messages that you exchanged with senior advisors to President Trump and others, including Jared Kushner and Jason Miller, in which you provided detailed input into television advertisements that repeated and relied upon false claims about fraud in the 2020 election."

The letter has also claimed that it has evidence of Gingrich working with officials in GOP-led states to get election results thrown out.

Gingrich has since blasted Democratic leadership, and said that he believes the Democrats will try to steal the upcoming midterm elections.

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Capitol rioter sentenced to 4 years in prison after begging judge for forgiveness

A Jan. 6 rioter and alleged Nazi sympathizer who once likened the attack on the U.S. Capitol to the Civil War has been sentenced to four years behind bars, according to CNN.

Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, an ex-U.S. Army reserve officer, was convicted this past May of five charges related to the events of Jan. 6, including a felony obstruction charge. In addition, Hale-Cusanelli will serve three years of supervised release following his sentence, and must also pay $2,000 in restitution.

According to CNN, security camera footage from Jan. 6 shows Hale-Cusanelli egging on the large mob, ordering them to "advance!" He is then seen pushing into the Capitol building himself and urging others to join him. Additional footage showed Hale-Cusanelli trying to free a rioter that was being arrested by a police officer.

During the sentencing, Hale-Cusanelli begged the judge for forgiveness, according to CNN, saying that he had "disrespected my uniform," and that the judge would "never see [his] face again."

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However, District Judge Trevor McFadden was having none of it, and pointed to Hale-Cusanelli's history of "sexist, racist and antisemitic comments" that have circulated in the far-right communities online. McFadden also noted that he had lied during his testimony by claiming that he "didn't know" Congress met in the Capitol building, even though security cameras showed him right outside the doors of the House chamber.

“You absolutely knew what you and others were doing,” McFadden said, adding that this was a "significant sentence" and telling Hale-Cusanelli that he "normalizes violence."

Indeed, prosecutors pointed to Hale-Cusanelli's history of inflammatory rhetoric online. This includes describing Jan. 6 as "exhilarating" and a "civil war." Hale-Cusanelli has reportedly expressed his desire for a second civil war many times, while also spreading numerous antisemitic conspiracies.

This includes the disproven theory that the Jews control almost all of government, including President Joe Biden. “It is well established in the record at this point that Hale-Cusanelli subscribes to White Supremacist and Nazi-Sympathizer ideologies that drive his enthusiasm for another civil war and formed the basis of this Court’s pretrial determination that Hale-Cusanelli was a danger to the community,” prosecutor Kathryn Fifield said.

While the defense argued that Hale-Cusanelli was not actually racist, and just spread these types of statements to get attention, this was not bought by the judge. During the proceedings, Hale-Cusanelli also claimed that he couldn't be antisemitic because he was half Jewish, though it remains unclear if this is true or not.

Hale-Cusanelli was not the only Jan. 6 insurrectionist to get sentenced on Thursday. Stephen Ayres, who previously testified for the Jan. 6 Select Committee, was sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service for his participation in the attacks.

During his testimony, Ayres claimed that he had been "riled up" by the words of former President Donald Trump, and, like Hale-Cusanelli, used the opportunity during his sentencing to apologize for his actions.

Mike Lindell swiftly denied by judge after seeking restraining order against FBI over seized phone

Mike Lindell, also known to some as the "MyPillow Guy," had his motion for a temporary restraining order blocked by a judge Thursday, two days after he sued the FBI in order to try and get back his seized cell phone.

Politico legal affairs reporter Kyle Cheney tweeted a copy of the court filing, which denied Lindell's right to have the restraining order issued. If granted, the order would have allowed Lindell to temporarily reclaim his cell phone, which was seized by the FBI on Sept. 14 during an operation at a Hardee's drive-through in Mankato, Minnesota.

Lindell's lawsuit claimed that the FBI "had no authority to detain and question Mr. Lindell against his will," and also claimed that they were violating his First Amendment rights because Lindell was "[informing] the public about alleged fraud and alleged irregularities he believes occurred." He also went on to claim that he needed his phone back because ran his MyPillow business completely from the mobile device.

However, the federal judge - who was appointed by former President Donald Trump - shot down this notion almost immediately, and said that Lindell could not ask for a restraining order as a result of the FBI's actions.

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"When the owner of seized property seeks injunctive relief for the return of property while the case remains in the investigative stage (i.e. before criminal charges are brought), the district court must also balance the government's interest in retaining the property against the owner's right to get it back," the judge wrote in his opinion.

In making his decision, the judge cited an appeals court ruling against Trump that was handed down just yesterday as the reason for denying Lindell's motion. That case, Trump v. United States, decided that investigators would be allowed to resume their investigation into Trump's handling of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, and this precedent was used to justify the denial of Lindell's request.

Trump's team using PAC donations to pay Melania's fashion designer

While former President Donald Trump's Save America PAC claims that its donors will be "the Patriots who SAVED AMERICA," it has been discovered that much of the PAC's money is being used for Trump's personal expenses, including payments to his wife Melania Trump's fashion designer.

The Save America PAC released its financial disclosures for August on Tuesday, and Washington Post reporter Isaac Stanley-Becker noted on Twitter that the PAC listed an $18,000 payment to Herve Pierre Braillard for "strategy consulting." A fashion designer for multiple previous first ladies, Braillard has styled Melania Trump for a number of years, and helped design the dress that she wore at the 2017 Inaugural Ball.

While the disclosures did not say anything beyond "strategy consulting," this is not the first time that Braillard has received large payments from Trump's Save America PAC. USA Today recently reported that the fashion designer had also been the recipient of a $60,000 payment from the PAC earlier this year.

The use of the Save America PAC for personal expenditures has become controversial, given that the former president has claimed that the PAC was set up to save the United States from President Joe Biden, support GOP candidates, and uncover instances of alleged voter fraud. Additionally, as USA Today noted, the Federal Elections Commission “does not allow candidate committees, which are formed to raise money for a specific candidate, to spend money on personal items, including clothing.”

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Braillard has previously addressed the $60,000 payment in an interview with WWD. He told the fashion magazine that the money was not related to fashion or any services rendered during Trump's time as president. Additionally, he said that while he still does style the former first lady, the "fashion" part of his consulting is minimal.

“As with every other first lady, there is an after the White House life, which involves many other aspects than fashion," Braillard said. "I am lucky to have worked in prestigious houses, to have designed for ballets and more recently to work in home decor. There are many upcoming projects in this after-the-White House.”

Melania Trump's office also released a statement at the time, similarly claiming that the payment was unrelated to fashion - but did not shed light on the specifics of what it was used for. “Mr. Pierre is a world-renowned artist. His work extends to many different fields, not just fashion design. His expertise is utilized for special projects and events," her office wrote.

'Day of trauma': Students told they were going to career fair taken to 'anti-LGBT church service' instead

A group of students in Baton Rouge, Louisiana thought that they were going to a career fair on Tuesday. Instead, they found that they had been sent to an event described as an anti-LGBT church service.

According to Baton Rouge-based newspaper The Advocate, over 2,100 students from local high schools in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system were told that they were participating in a districtwide 'College & Career Fair.' However, when they arrived at their destination, the students, most of whom were seniors, discovered that they had been dropped off at an event called 'Day of Hope' at the Living Faith Christian Center.

According to reports, many of the students came away from this event feeling traumatized, as the 'Day of Hope' was centered on a number of sexually charged, anti-LGBT issues. This reportedly included separating the kids by male and female, and forcing male and female-transgender students to participate in discussions with the opposite sex. Additionally, one parent said that a number of transgender students were bullied during the event.

“Other students poured water on top of transgender students' heads without any repercussions by any of the adults present,” Brittany Bryant, a mother of a transgender child and high school biology teacher, wrote on Facebook. “They talked about rape (and) forgiving the offender, suicide, prayer leadership, and many more dark controversial topics. We had females in the bathrooms crying due to the topics of discussion."

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Bryant also wrote that the 'boy's talk' also involved physical challenges, something the girl's talk did not. “From the beginning no topics were discussed but (they) began male chauvinistic competition for monetary reward for winners,” Bryant wrote. “Then proceeded to compete for push-ups for more money. They were hyped up and egged on.”

Bryant told The Advocate that, while she was afraid of speaking out, she felt that she had to bring the story to light.

Another parent wrote on Facebook, “DAY OF HOPE? More like day of trauma. You prayed over my child, told her that she should remain abstinent, talked to her about suicide, and told her that if she’s being abused in a domestic violence situation that she should forgive her abuser even if he’s not sorry.”

Parents were not the only ones to express their anger on social media, with a number of students doing so as well.

One high schooler, senior Alexis Budyach, wrote on Facebook, “The majority of students chose to attend this field trip on the promise of free food and the opportunity to skip class, however the majority of students were not only disappointed by this event, but traumatized as well."

The East Baton Rouge Parish school system responded to the outrage in a statement Wednesday, saying that "the event was structured to assist students with exploring what options are available after high school, along with allowing students to participate in breakout sessions and student-initiated activities and projects."

"By providing entertaining activities with an educational focus, this event was an elevation of a traditional college and career fair...We look forward to seeing what our over 2,100 student participants will continue to achieve with the resources and knowledge gained from this event."

Startling report describes 'extensive' network of white supremacists and extremists in Florida

A new report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) described an "extensive, interconnected" network of radical groups within Florida, including white supremacists, neo-Nazi groups, and far-right movements.

According to the ADL's report, the Sunshine State keeps continuing to fill up with individuals that are less than sunny. This includes, according to the report, "a significant increase in extremist-related incidents both nationwide and in the state of Florida."

In particular, the ADL highlighted one group called NatSoc Florida, based in Duval County. Described as a Neo-Nazi group, NatSoc Florida participates in numerous racist demonstrations, the ADL said, and also distributes hateful literature. The report included a picture of the group in which they were holding an antisemitic and anti-LGBT rally.

NatSoc Florida is just one of a number of these types of groups that have been rising in the state in recent years, the ADL said. Other similar organizations include the Sunshine State Nationalists, White Lives Matter, and Florida Nationalists, all three of which the ADL described as similar white supremacist groups.

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Beyond this, many groups that have previously been linked to a national level are now reportedly being seen at a hyper-local level throughout Florida. This includes many groups associated with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, including the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.

While these groups have been in the spotlight since that day, the ADL said that Florida has become somewhat of a haven for them - more Jan. 6 suspects reportedly live in Florida than any other state. Out of 855 people that have been charged already in connection with the attack, 90 of them are Floridians - just over 10%.

Part of the reason for the uptick in Florida extremism, the ADL said, is due to "widespread disinformation and conspiracy theories which have animated extremists and fueled antisemitism."

"The result: unrest and violence, from the January 6 insurrection to white supremacist activity to a spike in hate crimes," the report added. "Many of the individuals in this network, which includes dozens of people, attend events organized by multiple groups. This tactic gives the appearance of larger numbers, and the actions can affect entire communities."

Suspect wounded two men and killed a third because they were homeless: police

A suspect was arrested Wednesday and charged with wounding two men and murdering a third, allegedly because they were homeless, police said.

Gerald Brevard III, 31, was indicted on federal hate crime charges in Washington, D.C., according to the U.S. Justice Department. Brevard was charged with 17 total counts for his alleged crimes, including first-degree murder, assault with intent to kill, aggravated assault, mayhem, and firearms offenses. He is set to be arraigned on the charges on Oct. 18.

According to the indictment, all of the attacks occurred this past March. Brevard first attacked two men in Washington, D.C., assaulting them with a gun and causing one to suffer "serious and permanent bodily injury.” It is also alleged that Brevard shot and killed a third man, 54-year-old Morgan Holmes, the next day, and had also stabbed him.

The indictment alleges that Brevard attacked these three men because they were either homeless, or Brevard simply believed that they looked homeless.

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As a result, the Justice Department claimed that these attacks were "bias-related hate crimes," and Brevard could potentially face more charges if a bias is proved.

The attacks caused a massive manhunt to get underway in both Washington, D.C. and New York City, involving the city's Metropolitan Police Department and multiple federal agencies. It was thought that Brevard may have been connected to a string of attacks on homeless people in New York City, including another fatal shooting of a homeless man, so the NYPD also joined the investigation.

Brevard was arrested days after the attacks, on March 15, though he has only been charged with the crimes in Washington, D.C.

If found guilty, Brevard could face up to 1.5 times the prison sentence if it is proved that the attacks were hate crimes, according to the Justice Department.

Sadly, this is not a standalone trend, as violence against the homeless appears to be increasing. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, there were 1,852 acts of violence against homeless people from 1999 to 2019, with 515 of them being fatal.

Maggie Haberman says New York lawsuit will 'sting' for Donald Trump more than other investigations

Following the lawsuit filed in New York state Wednesday against former President Donald Trump, political analysts from across the aisle weighed in on what would happen to the former president, as his legal troubles continue to build.

One such person was Maggie Haberman, a White House correspondent for the New York Times. Haberman has covered Trump extensively throughout his rise in politics, presidency, and post-presidency.

Appearing on CNN following news of the lawsuit, Haberman told host John King that, while the investigations into his presidency may look bad, it is the New York lawsuit - the one that is charging his personal brand with fraud - that will hurt him personally.

When King asked Haberman how Trump would take the lawsuit, she replied, "Not happily. Trump has spent decades trying to build up this image as a successful businessman, and has tried to prevent any effort to suggest otherwise...this is something he's tried to bat away for a long time."

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"There are many investigations into him. On the one hand, I heard some relief from some people around Trump that there's no criminal charge involved right here," Haberman added. "But they recognize that this goes to Trump's self-image, and Trump's projected image, and this one's going to sting in ways that investigations related to his presidency, frankly just don't bother him as much.

Indeed, Trump has often used his own name and brand to market himself as an extremely successful businessman. However, numerous investigations, including reports from The New Yorker, Esquire, and more, have found that he has often failed in the majority of these businesses.

This includes filing for at least six bankruptcies, according to the Washington Post. The list of companies that have filed for Chapter 11 includes many former Trump casinos, at least three of which were in Atlantic City.

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Orthodox Jews claim they were barred from White House hate crime event

A group of Orthodox Jews claimed that they were not allowed into a recent White House event on combating hate crimes that specifically condemned violence against minority groups, but reports say that they were simply left out due to a lack of space.

According to The Jerusalem Post, Duvi Honig, CEO of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce, RSVP'd to the Sept. 15 event, which the White House called "United We Stand." Billed as a conference against combating prejudice and hate, the United We Stand event was headlined by a speech from President Joe Biden, and featured community leaders from dozens of different religions and ethnicities.

However, Honig later told the New York Post that, despite replying to the invitation and contacting three different White House staffers, his group never heard back. Honig told the Post that he believed his group was being discriminated against because Orthodox Jews largely support former President Donald Trump.

"My concern is as we’re going into the high holy holidays, would people read that Orthodox Jew attacks aren’t recognized by the White House? Because that encourages people to continue to be more aggressive," Honig said. “The White House used hate. They used us, our blood — they used our DNA of Jews being persecuted and attacked daily as an excuse to make an event and didn’t include Orthodox Jews, who were the number one [target of] hate and antisemitism."

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There was at least one Orthodox Jew admitted to the event, along with numerous Reform Jews, but the Jerusalem Post reported that at least four other Orthodox members were similarly kept out.

However, it was reported that the exclusion had nothing to do with the group being Orthodox. Rather, they were relegated to the White House driveway due to "spacing constraints," according to reports, and simply covered the event from outside - 50 journalists reportedly applied to cover the event, but there was room inside for only 20.

Additionally, Nathan Diament, executive director of the Orthodox Union, shot down the suggestion that Orthodox Jews were being purposefully left out of the event. "We’re the largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization in the United States. And I was invited as well as [Union vice president] Rabbi Moshe Hauer."

President Biden also used the opportunity to call out prejudice against numerous groups, including Jews, Catholics, Muslims, Mormons, Hindus, and Sikhs.