CANTON — “We need you to have no more contact with the campaign,” John Mary, a.k.a. John Bert messaged Clayton Kelly one day last February. “What we are going to do will be EXPLOSIVE. The other side will be hunting for ANY connection to you.”
Kelly on Monday was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for his role in the conspiracy to photograph the late wife of Sen. Thad Cochran as she lay in her nursing home bed suffering dementia. John Mary and Richard Sager had previously pleaded guilty and got no jail time in exchange for their cooperation. Another defendant, Richland attorney Mark Mayfield, committed suicide in June 2014, about a month after his arrest.
Kelly, an aspiring political blogger, was egged on by others to photograph Rose Cochran at St. Catherine’s Village nursing home. He used the image in a political hit piece video against Cochran, who was in the biggest political battle of his long career in his re-election battle against tea party challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel.
Records released Monday show online correspondence between Kelly, other defendants and others about the scheme to create a video showing Cochran was having an affair with a longtime staffer while his wife languished in a nursing home.
From testimony from an investigator and records introduced Monday, it appears Mary, a former radio talk show host and tea party leader from Hattiesburg, was the ring leader in the plan to photograph Rose Cochran and make the hit piece video.
Kelly had faced charges of burglary, attempted burglary and conspiracy, carrying a maximum 55 years in prison. In a last minute plea deal as his trial was about to start last week, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy, and faced a maximum of five years.
Prosecutors said the victim can be seen hunched over in a chair sleeping in the Emergency Room’s waiting area, where he was scheduled to see a doctor later that day. The video shows Lewelling approaching the victim as he is starting to wake up. When the man attempts to walk away, the deputy grabs the back of his collar, pulls him back into the seat and knocks his cane away.
“A few seconds later, he appears to grab the victim’s throat and begins to choke him. The battery continued, and the victim was then placed under arrest,” prosecutors said.
“The victim never raised his cane in a threatening manner,” they added.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A woman who reported an attack by her boyfriend Sunday morning thought she would have 12 hours to gather her belongings and get to a safe place before he was released from jail.
Instead, she again came face to face with Nashville contractor David A. Chase that morning and suffered a second beating, according to police and court records.
Now, a longtime Davidson County general sessions judge who intervened in the case says he regrets his role in helping free Chase after the first arrest.
This story has a connection to me, the woman who was assaulted (twice) by this asshole used to be our receptionist, so I know her. The boyfriend is VP of a big construction / development firm, building the new ball park in Nashville, and just got the contract for a luxury boutique hotel downtown.
Tennessee law stipulates a mandatory 12 hour cooling off hold for anybody arrested on domestic violence. He was arrested, released, beat her again, got arrested again, got released. By this time she had gotten away. She is safe now, some people I know are taking care of her, and she is thinking about moving away from this area.
Damn….. just DAMN!
Police officer Adhyl Polanco grew up with the constant crime and shootings of Washington Heights and always dreamt of becoming one of the “good guys.” After the “1 arrest / 20 summons / 5 stop and frisks” monthly policy was mandated by the NYPD in 2009, Polanco reached a turning point in his career that compelled him to choose between his career and his morals. Stand with us by sharing this video.
Dear me, I forgot to give credits where they are due.
No matter how stupid hate is, in this country you have the right to to do so — however some anti-racist activists are resorting to terror tactics against White Supremacists and violating civil rights. The surest way to validate White Nationalism’s lame white victim hood worldview is to commit attacks like this. Anti Racist Activists who get violent are evil, are more vigilante than George Zimmerman, and are exacerbating racism in the process. So here’s hoping these idiot creeps feel the full weight of the law.
A sixth man has been identified and arrested for his alleged involvement in a May 2012 attack by anti-racist activists on a group of white supremacists and white nationalists in a restaurant in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park.
Jason Richard Hammond, 28, of Chicago, faces state charges of armed violence, aggravated battery and mob action, Tinley Park Police Chief Steve Neubauer said following the suspect’s arrest last Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reported.
In early January, five Indiana men, Alex Stuck, John S. Tucker and brothers Dylan, Cody and Jason Sutherlin, all members of the Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement, pleaded guilty to charges associated with the attack and received prison sentences ranging from 3 1/2 to six years. The case was detailed in the cover story of the current edition of the Intelligence Report.
Hammond’s arrest may not be the last. Surveillance video shows the attack was carried out by 18 masked assailants carrying clubs, and police appear to be actively attempting to identify and locate the dozen other suspects.
MOSCOW (AP) — A U.S. diplomat disguised in a blond wig was caught trying to recruit a Russian counterintelligence officer in Moscow, Russia’s security services announced Tuesday, claiming the American was a CIA officer.
Ryan Fogle, a third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, was carrying special technical equipment, disguises, written instructions and a large sum of money when he was detained overnight, Russia’s Federal Security Service said.
The FSB, the successor agency to the Soviet-era KGB, said Fogle was trying to recruit a Russian counterterrorism officer who specializes in the Caucasus, the volatile region in southern Russia where the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects have their ethnic roots.
Fogle, who was handed over to U.S. Embassy officials, was declared persona non grata and ordered to leave Russia immediately, the Foreign Ministry said. He has diplomatic immunity, which protects him from arrest.
There is a story at Wired, says his gmail tripped him up. Not great spycraft in that case.
BERLIN (AP) - A 93-year-old man who was deported from the U.S. for lying about his Nazi past was arrested by German authorities Monday on allegations he served as an Auschwitz death camp guard, Stuttgart prosecutors said.
Hans Lipschis was taken into custody after authorities concluded there was “compelling evidence” he was involved in crimes at Auschwitz while there from 1941 to 1945, prosecutor Claudia Krauth said.
Lipschis has acknowledged being assigned to an SS guard unit at Auschwitz but maintains he only served as a cook and was not involved in any war crimes.
Krauth said, however, that a judge upheld her office’s request for an arrest warrant after concluding there was enough evidence to hold him before charges on accessory to murder are brought. Bringing formal charges, a process similar to a U.S. grand jury indictment, would take another two months, she said.
It’s three weeks since his arrest but Ismail Halou still has streaks of purple bruising on the soles of his feet. The 22 year-old was filling cars at his family’s petrol station in Gaza City at 5pm on April 4th when a black jeep pulled into the forecourt, plain-clothed police stepped out and ordered him into the car. He was blindfolded and driven to the nearest police station.
“I could hear the screams of people being beaten in the rooms next to me. Two men held my legs down and tied them together on a wooden board then they beat the soles of my feet with a plastic rod. They beat me for at least five minutes. I was crying and screaming with agony. It was the worst pain I’ve ever felt,” Mr Halou recalls.
It was only after the beating that police officers set to work trying to shave off the one-inch fin of gelled hair that was the cause of his arrest.
“At no point did they tell me why they had arrested me. I found out from neighbours when I got home that it was because of my hair,” Mr Halou explains, running a hand over the fuzzy regrowth on his head. He could not walk for three days after his release.
Police in Gaza, a Palestinian coastal enclave run by Islamist faction Hamas, have arrested at least 41 men on charges of immodesty this April.
Most of them were beaten, all of them had their heads forcibly shaven. Some were shaven because their haircuts that were deemed culturally inappropriate, others because their trousers were either too low-slung or too fitted. In at least two cases, police also cut-up jeans deemed too tight.
A Mississippi man who describes himself as a patriot with no grudges against anyone was expected to appear in court Monday on charges of making and possessing ricin, part of the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others.
The arrest of 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke early Saturday capped a week in which investigators initially zeroed in on a rival of Dutschke’s, then decided they had the wrong man. The hunt for a suspect revealed ties between the two men and an 80-year-old county judge who, along with Obama and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, was among the targets of the letters.
Dutschke’s house, business and vehicles in Tupelo, Miss., were searched earlier in the week, often by crews in hazardous materials suits, and he had been under surveillance.
Dutschke (pronounced DUHS’-kee) was charged with “knowingly developing, producing, stockpiling, transferring, acquiring, retaining and possessing a biological agent, toxin and delivery system, for use as a weapon, to wit: ricin.” U.S. attorney Felicia Adams and Daniel McMullen, the FBI agent in charge in Mississippi, made the announcement in a news release.
In all the lather over whether to Mirandize the Terror suspect or not, (and that “suspect” is pro forma only since the case and evidence against him is monumental,) there’s a few factors that need to be taken into consideration.
First, he came out of that boat voluntarily and he needed medical care. So we don’t know for certain that he’s actually been arrested yet. Since arrest starts some legal clocks ticking, they might have held off on that until his medical condition stabilizes.
If he’s a patient voluntarily receiving medical care, and the guards are there just for his protection (since many would like to see him dead,) that changes a few things.
Disclaimer: I’m no lawyer, I could be really really wrong in all of this speculation.What I expect to happen is that a team of interrogators will have a quiet chat with him to explore if there are other threats or connections to his brother that the authorities need to know. Since the brother is dead, there’s no need to worry about the brother’s rights or those of people who Dzhokhar might finger as an imminent threat since any mentions will take whole new investigations and legal processes. If, as I suspect there aren’t further accomplices then we will see him arrested, mirandized, and charged immediately after that chat.
Unlike a couple of US senators who are calling for him to be swept away to gitmo, most of the public recognizes that this isn’t an episode of NCIS LA and they don’t want anything like that to occur. **
As I noted in the disclaimer I could be wrong, see this note from the FBI, while the headline mentions arrest, there’s not a statement that he is arrested or under arrest, which to me leaves the status vague:
Message from FBI Director Robert Mueller Regarding Arrest of Boston Bombing Suspect
April 19, 2013
FBI National Press Office[no phone numbers allowed]
Message from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller:
During this long week, we have seen an extraordinary effort by law enforcement, intelligence, and public safety agencies. These collaborative efforts, with the help and cooperation of the public, resulted in the successful outcome we have seen tonight. The investigation will continue as part of our efforts to seek answers and justice, and there will be no pause in that effort. But tonight, I wish to thank all those who worked so tirelessly throughout the week in the pursuit of safety and justice
The FBI also has an update out from the doctors that he’s still in serious condition - I would also add that with a neck wound it’s possible that he can’t speak.
Update from AP
What Tsarnaev will say and when are unclear. He remained in serious condition Sunday and apparently in no shape for interrogation after being pulled bloodied and wounded from a tarp-covered boat in a Watertown backyard. The capture came at the end of a tense Friday that began with his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, dying in a gunbattle with police.
original opinion piece From Hampton Roads Pilot online:
The capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect raises a host of freighted legal issues for a society still feeling the shadow of 9/11, including whether he should be read a Miranda warning, how he should be charged, where he might be tried, and whether the bombings Monday were a crime or an act of war.
The suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was taken, bleeding, to a hospital on Friday night, and it remained unclear Saturday whether he was conscious. The authorities would typically arraign a suspect in a courtroom by Monday.
Most experts expect the case to be handled by federal authorities, who were preparing a criminal complaint alleging the use of weapons of mass destruction, which can carry the death penalty because deaths resulted from the blasts.
“I think we can expect the prosecution to put together a meticulous case,” based on the forensic evidence, the videos, eyewitness accounts and any statements that the surviving defendant makes to the authorities, said Kelly T. Currie, who led the Violent Crimes and Terrorism section in the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s Office from 2006 to 2008.
The Obama administration has said it planned to begin questioning Tsarnaev for a period without delivering the Miranda warning - informing him that he has a right to remain silent and to have a lawyer present.
Disclaimer: I’m no lawyer, I could be really really wrong in all of this speculation.