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“More indictments await”: Experts say Jan. 6 architect’s secret tweets may lead to “felony charges”

“More indictments await”: Experts say Jan. 6 architect’s secret tweets may lead to “felony charges”

Right-wing attorney Kenneth Chesebro, one of the key architects of former President Donald Trump’s Jan. 6 fake elector scheme, concealed a secret Twitter account from Michigan prosecutors that was filled with posts that undercut his statements to investigators about his role in Trump’s election subversion scheme, according to CNN. Chesebro denied having a Twitter account or any “alternate IDs” when asked by Michigan prosecutors last year, according to recordings of his interview obtained by the outlet. But CNN’s K-FILE linked Chesebro to a secret account — BadgerPundit — based on matching details, including biographical information about his work and travels as well as his family and investments. The posts show that before the election and days after polls closed, Chesebro promoted a “far more aggressive election subversion strategy than he later let on in his Michigan interview,” CNN reported. Chesebro’s attorneys confirmed to CNN that the account belonged to Chesebro, calling it his “random stream of consciousness” where he was “spitballing” theories about the election but argued that it was separate from his legal work …

Berlinale Files Criminal Charges Over Antisemitic Instagram Hack

Berlinale Files Criminal Charges Over Antisemitic Instagram Hack

Berlin Film Festival organizers say they have brought criminal charges against unnamed hackers of its Instagram page for briefly posting statements seen as antisemitic on Sunday.   The Berlinale in a statement said the Instagram channel for its Panorama sidebar was briefly hacked on Sunday and “anti-semitic image-text posts about the Middle East war with the Berlinale logo were posted on the channel.” The fest organizers said the statements did not come from the Berlinale or represent the festival’s stance on the Israel-Gaza conflict. “The Berlinale condemns this criminal act in the strongest possible terms and has deleted the posts and launched an investigation. In addition, the Berlinale has filed criminal charges against unknown persons. The LKA (the state criminal office) has begun an investigation,” the festival added. The Berlinale’s definition of what might be considered antisemitism differs from the the German criminal code. The hacking incident would be judged illegal, but messages in support of Palestinians may be protected under Germany’s free speech laws. The Berlinale also commented on its awards ceremony on Sunday, …

Charges for loo roll, none for caviar: strange quirks of the UK’s VAT rules | Tax

Charges for loo roll, none for caviar: strange quirks of the UK’s VAT rules | Tax

Is a mini poppadom a crisp? Is a Jaffa Cake a biscuit? Is a flapjack confectionery? These are all questions tax officials in the UK have had to wrestle with in the 51 years since VAT was introduced. The tax, which you pay when you buy goods and services, is charged at three rates: the standard 20%; 5% on child car seats, home energy and some other items; and 0%, which applies to most food, children’s clothes and tampons. But there are strange anomalies. For example, toilet rolls attract 20% VAT but caviar is VAT-free. Last week, toilet roll maker Who Gives a Crap started a campaign for the “roll tax” to end, saying its research showed 70% of people were unaware of the charge. In the past few years, VAT was taken off tampons and related products following a successful campaign. But experts say the UK has enough zero-rated goods, and creating more would not help the poorest households. “In the UK it is applied on only about half of overall consumption, which is …

Search underway for missing 3-year-old Wisconsin boy as mother, man face neglect charges

Search underway for missing 3-year-old Wisconsin boy as mother, man face neglect charges

An intensive search is underway for a missing 3-year-old Wisconsin boy whom a district attorney alleged was sent to stay with a man “for disciplinary reasons.” Jacalyn LaBre, district attorney for Manitowoc County, made the allegation in court Friday in reference to the disappearance of Elijah Vue, who was last seen Tuesday. LaBre referred Vue’s mother, Katrina Baur, 31, and the man her son was allegedly sent to stay with, Jesse Vang, 39, for charges of child neglect. Charges have not been formally filed, and documents in the case were sealed, but LaBre’s remarks in court and information from police shed some light on the disappearance of the 3-foot, 50-pound boy with sandy blonde hair and Hmong heritage. Elijah Vue.Two Rivers Police Department Police said someone who identified themself as Elijah’s “adult care taker” called authorities shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday to report that Elijah was missing from a residence in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, and was last seen there about 8 a.m., police said in a statement. A massive search was launched and a statewide …

Seattle police officer who struck and killed graduate student won’t face felony charges

Seattle police officer who struck and killed graduate student won’t face felony charges

SEATTLE — Prosecutors in Washington state said Wednesday they will not file felony charges against a Seattle police officer who struck and killed a graduate student from India while responding to an overdose call — a case that attracted widespread attention after another officer was recorded making callous remarks about it. Officer Kevin Dave was driving 74 mph on a street with a 25 mph speed limit in a police SUV before he hit 23-year-old Jaahnavi Kandula in a crosswalk on Jan. 23, 2023. In a memo to the Seattle Police Department on Wednesday, the King County prosecutor’s office noted that Dave had on his emergency lights, that other pedestrians reported hearing his siren, and that Kandula appeared to try to run across the intersection after seeing his vehicle approaching. She might also have been wearing wireless earbuds that could have diminished her hearing, they noted. Jaahnavi Kandula.GoFundMe For those reasons, a felony charge of vehicular homicide was not warranted: “There is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Ofc. Dave was consciously disregarding safety,” the memo …

How Trump’s trials for 91 felony charges in 4 states could take over his campaign

How Trump’s trials for 91 felony charges in 4 states could take over his campaign

TONYA MOSLEY, HOST: This is FRESH AIR, I’m Tonya Mosley. Every day, sometimes several times a day, the news is dominated by the legal woes of former President Donald Trump. A federal hearing in Florida, a Supreme Court filing in D.C., a judge weighing a case in Georgia, two proceedings in New York. These are just the headlines from last week. As Trump seeks to gain the Republican presidential nomination, he faces 91 felony charges across four states and several lawsuits. The first of four criminal case trials is expected to start on March 25. It will be the first criminal trial of a former U.S. president. As The New York Times journalist Alan Feuer writes, Trump’s entangled web of criminal and civil cases is moving at a speed that is testing both the fortitude of the judicial system and the public’s ability to keep up. Feuer and the Times recently put together a guide laying out all of the legal cases, inquiries and accusations. Feuer writes about crime and criminal justice for The New …

Riverside County pastor arrested on child sex assault charges

Riverside County pastor arrested on child sex assault charges

Authorities have arrested a 78-year-old pastor in Riverside for allegedly sexually assaulting a child under the age of 10, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. David Helbling, who identifies himself as a pastor with Assemblies of God USA on his social media account, was arrested Feb. 14 after Riverside County deputies executed a search warrant on a building in the 23000 block of Hemlock Avenue in Moreno Valley. During the search, the department said, deputies found “evidence related to the crime,” which the minor had reported Jan. 30. The alleged sexual assault had occurred on the same block where deputies later executed the search warrant, authorities said. During their investigation, deputies identified Helbling as the suspect in the case, though they did not specify what led them to that conclusion. Helbling was booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility, where he remains in custody on $2-million bail. Helbling was charged with kidnapping and kidnapping to commit rape, as well as a slew of other sex abuse charges. Some of the charges carry allegations …

Who is Ruby Franke? Everything we know about the family vlogger’s rise to fame before child abuse charges

Who is Ruby Franke? Everything we know about the family vlogger’s rise to fame before child abuse charges

Sign up to our free Living Well email for advice on living a happier, healthier and longer life Live your life healthier and happier with our free weekly Living Well newsletter Ruby Franke, a Utah mother of six, who once operated her own YouTube channel about her life, was sentenced to prison two months after pleading guilty to a number of child abuse charges. Franke first made headlines back in 2015 for her controversial parenting advice shared on the YouTube channel 8 Passengers, which featured her husband Kevin Franke and their children: Shari, Chad, Abby, Julie, Russell, and Eve. The now-deleted channel was once popular, having accumulated more than two million subscribers before speculation and concern began to mount in 2020 about the family’s daily activities. Two years later, the Utah-based mother went on to announce that she was joining a new YouTube channel called ConneXions – which has since been deleted – alongside Jodi Nan Hildebrandt. The pair also sparked controversy with their videos, including one in which they made claims about what loving …

US government lawyers deny charges against Julian Assange politically motivated | Julian Assange

US government lawyers deny charges against Julian Assange politically motivated | Julian Assange

Criminal charges were brought against Julian Assange because he named sources and encouraged theft and hacking, not because of politics, lawyers for the US government have claimed at a critical extradition hearing. The WikiLeaks founder could be extradited to the US within days to face prosecution on espionage charges relating to the publication of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents concerning the Afghanistan and Iraq wars if the high court in London refuses him permission to appeal against his removal from the UK. On Wednesday, lawyers for the US government sought to rebut the arguments made by the WikiLeaks founder’s counsel the day before, when they claimed the US was seeking politically motivated retaliation for his exposure of state criminality, including torture, rendition and extrajudicial killings. Assange is being supported by organisations including Reporters Without Borders and the National Union of Journalists, and his lawyers described his prosecution as “unprecedented”. However, Clair Dobbin KC said the charges against him were not political but were brought because he went “far beyond the acts of a …

This 6-in-1 Anker Power Strip Charges All Your Stuff for Just

This 6-in-1 Anker Power Strip Charges All Your Stuff for Just $23

We all seem to have an ever-increasing number of devices and accessories that need to be charged which means that most of us are also dealing with a severe lack of charging points. Homes and offices only have so many AC outlets which makes a great power strip absolutely vital. Thankfully, you don’t have to pay a fortune to get one. The Anker 521 power strip has plenty of ports and comes with a long cord so you won’t be tethered to the closest AC outlet. What’s more, you can pick one up for just $23 right now if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber. That’s the price for the white model, but you can choose the black one for a couple of dollars extra, too. We don’t know how long this offer will last, so we recommend making your purchase sooner rather than later. This five-foot power cord has one USB-C port, two USB-A ports and three AC outlets. It also offers surge protection, fire-resistance and other safety features. You can use all of its …