CHARLOTTE, N.C. — At a time when Charlotte-area families are calling on government officials to do more to make classrooms safe, North Carolina’s second-highest court has ruled that Iredell County went too far in punishing an 11-year-old who threatened to blow up her school. A three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals this week overturned the felony juvenile delinquency conviction of the student — identified in the court document by the pseudonym “Sophie.” In a unanimous opinion written by Judge Chris Dillon, the panel ruled that Iredell County District Court Judge Carole Hicks lacked the...
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In a letter delivered to UN Secretary General António Guterres, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko argued that the UN and other world leaders should essentially let Russia carry on with its military operation in Ukraine, The Daily Beast reports.
“Together and each in our role, we can do a lot today: refrain from the supply of weapons,” Lukashenko said, adding all countries should refrain “from information warfare and any provocations, from inflating hate speech in the media, from encouraging racism and discrimination based on national, cultural, linguistic and religious affiliation, from legalization and direction of mercenaries.”
He also urged the Secretary General to consider instituting a “new world order” in which world leaders have “security guarantees,” because it would be in the UN's interest to “prevent the conflict from becoming protracted with devastating consequences.”
“Today, the world, unfortunately, forgets that Belarusians have never been a threat to any of their neighbors,” he said, lamenting the sanctions imposed on Russia. “We are not aggressors, as some states try to present us. Belarus has never been the initiator of any wars or conflicts… The conflict in Ukraine, its root causes, and the current Western sanctions against Russia are already having their devastating consequences…”
“We are not traitors,” Lukashenko added. “Honesty and integrity in relationships are important to us.”
“The unwillingness of Western countries to work on strengthening common and indivisible security, their disregard for legitimate interests and ignoring the concerns of other partners, primarily Russia, first resulted in trade, economic and information wars, and then provoked a hot conflict on the territory of Ukraine,” Lukashenko said. “The security architecture in Europe has failed.”
The high-profile defamation case between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard is poised to get another dash of celebrity -- British model Kate Moss is expected to testify.
The 48-year-old Moss, Depp's former girlfriend, is scheduled to make an appearance by video link on Wednesday, the New York Post reported.
Moss, who went out with the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star from 1994 to 1997, is being called to the witness stand by Depp's legal team.
The 36-year-old Heard, during her testimony earlier this month, mentioned a reported incident in which Depp was alleged to have pushed Moss down a flight of stairs.
That reference provided an opening to Depp's lawyers to call Moss as a witness to address the allegation.
The 58-year-old Depp filed suit against Heard over an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018 in which she described herself as a "public figure representing domestic abuse."
Heard, who had a starring role in "Aquaman," did not name Depp in the op-ed, but he sued her for implying he was a domestic abuser and is seeking $50 million in damages.
The Texas-born Heard countersued, asking for $100 million and claiming she suffered "rampant physical violence and abuse" at his hands.
Depp, during his four days on the witness stand, denied ever striking Heard or any other woman and claimed that she was the one who was frequently violent.
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On Monday, the seven-person jury heard from two doctors called as expert witnesses by Heard's team.
Richard Moore, an orthopedic surgeon, testified that it was unlikely that a finger injury sustained by Depp during a fight with Heard occurred in the manner in which Depp said it did.
Depp said the tip of his middle finger on his right hand was severed when Heard threw a vodka bottle at him while the couple were in Australia, where he was filming the fifth installment of the "Pirates" franchise.
Moore, who reviewed the medical records, said the wound was not consistent with that explanation.
David Spiegel, a psychiatrist, testified that Depp had "narcissistic traits" and behavior that indicated he had a substance use disorder.
Spiegel engaged in a testy exchange with one of Depp's lawyers when pressed about the American Psychiatric Association's so-called Goldwater Rule, which says it is "unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination."
Spiegel acknowledged that he did not personally examine Depp but said his opinions were valid as an expert witness.
Depp's lawyers put experts on the stand earlier in the trial who testified that the actor lost millions because of the abuse accusations, including a $22.5-million payday for a sixth installment of "Pirates."
Depp filed the defamation complaint in the United States after losing a separate libel case in London in November 2020 that he brought against The Sun for calling him a "wife-beater."
Depp, a three-time Oscar nominee, and Heard were married in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized two years later.
Judge Penney Azcarate has scheduled closing arguments in the case for Friday, after which it will go to the jury.
A central claim in an upcoming book from former White House aide Kellyanne Conway has members of Team Trump issuing denials, The Daily Beast reports.
According to Conway, Trump considered quitting the 2016 presidential race after the notorious Access Hollywood tape surfaced, which featured him bragging about allegedly sexually assaulting women.
“This is totally false,” Trump’s chief spokesperson Liz Harrington told The Daily Beast.
In her book Here’s the Deal, Conway claims the fallout from the video prompted Trump to ask her, “Should I get out [of the race]?” and pondered: “‘Will I lose? Will we lose? Can we still win?”
Conway says in her book that she convinced Trump to stay in the race. "I know you don’t like to lose,” she told him at the time, “but I also know you don’t like to quit.”
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