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    (CNN)A federal judge on Wednesday found Matthew Martin not guilty of four federal misdemeanors related to trespassing -- marking the first time a US Capitol riot defendant was acquitted of all charges.Martin, who worked for a government contractor before his arrest following the riot, successfully argued that a US Capitol Police officer waved him into the building. At least one video played during the trial appeared to show an officer moving his arm in a waving motion.The acquittal is a major milestone in the massive January 6 investigation, as hundreds of people face the same misdemeanors as Martin. Dozens of rioters have alleged that they were allowed into the Capitol by police officers and that they did not know entering the building was illegal. The not guilty verdict is likely to embolden more alleged rioters to head to trial with similar claims.Judge Trevor McFadden, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, issued the ruling after a two-day bench trial that started on Tuesday. McFadden on Wednesday said Martin "more likely than not" committed at least one of the misdemeanors --...
    The Connecticut socialite mother-of-four charged with filming minors from her $10million mansion took inappropriate videos of three children, including one who was under the age of 15.  Hadley Palmer, 53, was charged in October with taking inappropriate videos of minors.  More serous charges of involving a minor in a sex act were also on the table but she struck a secret plea deal which was only made public this week, that will see her convicted of voyeurism charges.  It's unclear how exactly she came to be arrested or what her relationships with the victims are.  The videos were taken in 2017 and 2018, at her $10million mansion in Belle Haven, Connecticut.  Hadley Palmer, shown with her estranged husband Bradley, who has not yet commented on her arrest. She filed for divorce in June 2020, according to The New York Times. She was arrested the following October for the offenses that happened in 2017 and 2018 Hadley Palmer, 53, is in currently in prison in Connecticut despite the fact she hasn't been sentenced yet. She pleaded guilty to three counts of...
    Baseball player Trevor Bauer broke his seven-month silence on Tuesday to tell of his relief after the sexual assault case against him being dropped due insufficient evidence. Bauer, 31, posted a video on Instagram on Tuesday where he slammed people for drawing 'premature conclusions based on an absurd amount of misinformation and false claims that have been circulated with absolutely no corroboration.' 'I know a lot of you have been waiting for me to address this,' he said. 'And I've wanted to, for some time now. And now I am finally able to speak.' Bauer, a pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers, was accused in July of choking a woman into unconsciousness, punching her repeatedly, and forcibly having anal sex without her consent during two sexual encounters. He strongly denied the allegations made by a woman known only as Ms. Hill. Trevor Bauer on Tuesday addressed the allegations of sexual assault made against him in July Bauer's accuser, identified by her attorneys as 'Ms. Hill,' claimed in her filing that she consented to have sex with Bauer on two occasions, but said he went overboard...
    The father of a schoolgirl who was raped by a 15-year-old known as the 'boy in a skirt' in the school bathroom has spoken about his relief at the boy being sentenced - and his anger at being convicted of disorderly conduct when he erupted in fury at a school board meeting. Scott Smith's daughter was attacked at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia, in May 2021. A month later, the school board of Loudoun County held a meeting, during which it was stated that gender-fluid bathrooms were not problematic. Smith reacted with fury, in scenes that went viral, and was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. On Wednesday, the boy who attacked his daughter was sentenced to a 'locked residential program' and ordered to register as a sex offender. He pleaded no contest to two counts of forcible sodomy. Smith told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday that he was relieved - but that there were further legal issues ahead.  'Man, we're relieved,' Smith said.  'We're able to put one felony assault behind us, and start the...
    Detectives working on cracking the murder of JonBenet Ramsay are now exploring genetic DNA testing as they continue to hunt for the killer in the infamous 25-year-old cold case.  Six-year-old Ramsay was found dead in the basement of her family's Boulder home on December 26, 1996, bludgeoned and strangled, several hours after her mother called 911 to say her daughter was missing and a ransom note had been left behind.  Her death was ruled a homicide, but nobody was ever charged in the case. As the anniversary of Ramsay's death approaches, Boulder police announced on Monday that they are looking into 'genetic DNA testing processes to see if they can be applied to this case moving forward' and are working closely with state investigators on 'future DNA advancements.  'As the Department continues to use new technology to enhance the investigation, it is actively reviewing genetic DNA testing processes to see if those can be applied to this case moving forward,' it said. While police did not specify what genetic DNA processes are, they could possibly include databases generated from at-home DNA...
    New York (CNN Business)Editor's note: This story contains language that some readers may find offensive.Many reporters are sadly accustomed to receiving threats and harassment in connection with their work. For some, the intimidation can have a chilling effect. For others, it can become like brutal background noise, accepted as part of the job, even when the threats rise to the level of a felony.That's why I want to share what I experienced on Monday. I was a part of something unusual: Justice.In a federal courtroom in lower Manhattan, Robert Lemke, a California man and devoted Donald Trump supporter, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to sending threats to lawmakers and members of the media.CNN's Don Lemon and I were there because we were on the receiving end of Lemke's threats.Read MoreLemon and I both delivered what are known as "victim impact statements" before U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein. Other victims submitted letters. The testimonials of Lemke's targets and, on the other hand, sympathetic character letters from his family members were all considered by the judge.It...
    Ghislaine Maxwell’s brother Ian suggested during a Friday podcast that his sister likely believes disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein did not commit suicide and was instead murdered. In an interview with The Spectator’s Americano podcast, Ian Maxwell told Freddy Gray that his sister likely believes in conspiracy theories. “It so happens one of the conspiracy theories about my father is that he was murdered rather than committed suicide or died by accident,” Maxwell said. “Of all my siblings, Ghislaine is the only one who happens to believe he was murdered. I would venture to think that she also thinks Epstein was murdered.” Maxwell himself said he is also slightly suspicious of Epstein’s death. (RELATED: ‘She Did Not Touch My Nipples’: Annie Farmer Gets Detailed When Pressed By Defense Over Alleged Maxwell Massage) “I’m not wholly convinced that he killed himself. It’s not been very well explained how a man supposedly under 24-7 guard … could somehow die on the U.S. watch,” he said in the interview. “I think there is a possibility [Ghislaine ] is in some sort of danger. I...
    Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking trial has been delayed after a lawyer in the case became sick.  The jury was sent home Thursday morning after Judge Alison Nathan told the court that the lawyer was sick and needed medical treatment. She did not specify which attorney became ill and asked for the public to respect their privacy.  The judge said the illness is not Covid related.  The jurors were set to hear testimony from Annie Farmer, Maxwell's final accuser in the case who has claimed she was groped by Maxwell and Epstein when she was 16.  The Southern District of New York put out a statement saying the trial is scheduled to resume tomorrow.  Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking was delayed Thursday after a lawyer in the case became sick and needed treatment The jurors were set to hear testimony from Annie Farmer, Maxwell's final accuser in the case and the only one who has opted to use her real identity Maxwell's defense team is seen walking into court Thursday before promptly being dismissed  Annie Farmer described her first meeting with Epstein...
    Jussie Smollett made the conscientious decision to testify in his own defense against allegations from prosecutors in Chicago that the actor staged a vile hate crime against himself with the assistance of his associates, brothers Abimbola and Olabingo Osundairo, who allege he paid them to carry out the fake hate crime attack against him in 2019. While the former "Empire" performer gave a whirlwind testimony over the course of two days that saw Smollett vehemently state in no uncertain terms that the allegations are "100% false" despite what the Osundairo brothers previously testified, some legal experts believe Smollett did himself no favors and likely hurt his defense by taking the stand.  "Smollett testifying in his own defense is one of two things, or maybe both: a narcissistic criminal defendant who is doubling down on his charged lies to law enforcement or defense attorneys who know they are way behind and are throwing a low probability Hail Mary to try to get their client off," former U.S. attorney Neama Rahmani, who is not involved with Smollett's case, told Fox News Digital. ...
    Philip Larkin famously wrote that sexual intercourse began in 1963, ‘between the end of the Chatterley ban and the Beatles’ first LP’. It was also when the intimate foibles of an aristocratic ruling class were first exposed to the glare of the mass media and a public ravenous for details. It was the year of Lord Denning’s scathing report on the Profumo affair, in which His Lordship mused on depravity in high places. And 1963 also saw one of the most sensational divorce trials in legal history, featuring the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, a three-strand pearl necklace, robbery, a photograph of a ‘headless man’ and a sexual act too shocking to be described in the newspapers of the day. Now the BBC is set to broadcast a major new dramatisation of the case, starring Claire Foy – who has previously portrayed the Queen in the Netflix series, The Crown – as Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. 1963 also saw one of the most sensational divorce trials in legal history, featuring the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, a three-strand pearl necklace, robbery,...
    Kevin Gough, a defense attorney for one of the men found guilty on Wednesday of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, told Fox News that he will file a motion for a new trial next week for his client, William "Roddie" Bryan.  Bryan was found guilty by a jury in Glynn County, Georgia, on six of the nine counts that he was facing: three counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment, and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony. He joined father and son Travis and Georgia McMichael in pursuing Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, after seeing him running in a neighborhood in February 2020.  Bryan drove in his own pickup truck and recorded video on a cell phone of the fatal encounter, which shows Travis McMichael shooting and killing Arbery with a shotgun at close range as he threw punches and tried to grab the gun.  Defendant William "Roddie" Bryan looks on as the prosecutors make their final rebuttal before the jury begins deliberations. (Octavio Jones/Pool Photo via AP) Defense attorneys argued...
    During an interview aired on Monday’s edition of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Kyle Rittenhouse said that his case was about self-defense, “shouldn’t have been a political case. It was made a political case. This had nothing to do with race,” and that if he had been convicted, “no one would ever be privileged to defend their life against attackers.” Rittenhouse said, [relevant remarks begin around 7:05] “I’ve never seen something so polarizing in my life. When it’s just — it’s obvious self-defense, if you look at the case, you look at the facts, no matter what your opinion is, or where you stand [on] it. This isn’t a — this wasn’t a political case. It shouldn’t have been a political case. It was made a political case. This had nothing to do with race, and the ways people are twisting this, it’s just sickening.” He later added, “[I]t wasn’t Kyle Rittenhouse on trial in Wisconsin. It was the right to self-defense on trial. And if I was convicted, no one would be able — no one would ever...
    Kyle Rittenhouse broke down describing the events leading up to the shooting of Joseph Rosenbaum as he testified at during his trial in Kenosha, Wisc., Circuit Court. Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.On November 10, three days into his trial, Kyle Rittenhouse took the witness stand in his own defense on murder charges stemming from his killing two men and wounding another with an assault weapon during the civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the wake of the 2020 police shooting of Jacob Blake. During his testimony, Rittenhouse was overcome with emotion. Wracked with sobs, he was unable to continue speaking. Whether you believe they were crocodile tears or a legitimate expression of remorse and horror, Rittenhouse’s breakdown marked a turning point in his controversial trial, and probably ensured that the jury would eventually acquit him on all counts—as it did on Friday. But the tears also highlighted a significant problem with the entire Rittenhouse case, which is that he should never have been on the...
    COPS have returned to the house of the fostered grandparents of the missing boy dubbed Australia's Madeleine McCann to dig up the garden. It is located in the house in Kendall, New South Wales, where three-year-old William Tyrrell vanished seven years ago. 5Police dug up the garden at the house in KendallCredit: PA 5William Tyrrell vanished from his foster grandparents home in 2014Credit: NSW Police 5Cops are examining the theory that William fell from the balconyCredit: PA The disappearance of the boy became one of Australia's most high-profile missing child cases as no one has ever been charged. On Monday investigators announced they would launch a fresh search in the mysterious case after "new information" came to light. Earlier today officers spent the day searching the garden and an area of bushland alongside a cadaver dog. They also investigated a theory that the boy fell from the home's 16ft balcony, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Investigators were seen spraying luminol, a substance that detects traces of blood, in the area directly below the balcony. It comes as Police...
    Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said that as far as he knows, “no one in the West Wing” knew what was going to happen on January 6 in advance. Meadows appeared on Newsmax Friday night hours after defying the January 6 select committee, which is almost certainly going to get him a criminal contempt referral from Congress. Hours after Meadows failed to show up for his deposition, Steve Bannon was indicted for defying the committee weeks earlier. “These are complex legal matters,” Meadows told Newsmax’s Rob Schmitt. “We’ve got a president in President Trump that is saying he wants to claim executive privilege. There’s case law that would suggest that that’s appropriate.” “Part of this is that Congress has gotten so hyper-partisan, and candidly this committee is more interested in politics than they are at really solving real problems,” he added. Schmitt asked about the argument from critics that they must have something to hide if they’re refusing to cooperate. “Obviously that’s not the case,” Meadows insisted. I’ve told them that to my knowledge no one in...
    MARTINEZ — Five years after an East Bay musician was severely beaten behind an El Sobrante bar, then gunned down out front by one of his alleged attackers, a murder trial has started for the three men charged in his death. The trial for Ray Simons, 36, Daniel Ortega, 35, and Daniel Porter-Kelly, 35, started in mid-October but went on a two-week hiatus after two days. It resumed this week, with testimony from Ortega’s ex-girlfriend, who claims to have witnessed both the beating and the shooting but has never told the story the same way twice. Simons’ attorney has conceded that he was the shooter but insisted that Simons believed Sims was about to attack him. The victim, Willie Sims, 28, was shot in the head, reportedly by Simons, after he staggered to the front of the bar and walked up to Simons’ car. Minutes earlier he had suffered a cracked skull and other critical injuries in the assault at the bar’s rear. The case was originally charged with a hate crime after it was revealed one of the three...
    Tonga's first ever case of Covid-19 was brought into the country by a Mormon missionary who had returned from Africa via New Zealand, local reports claim. The Polynesian country's main island Tongatapu was plunged into lockdown this week after registering its first infection throughout the entire pandemic. The archipelago's remote location in the Pacific Ocean had made it one of the only remaining places in the world yet to record a case of the virus. Tonga's first ever case of Covid-19 was brought into the country by a Mormon missionary who had returned from Africa via New Zealand Tonga's main island went into lockdown for a week after the South Pacific nation reported its first case of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic But that came to an end last week after a traveller tested positive and was forced to isolate at a quarantine hotel. The youth missionary with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had been on mission in Africa and spent several weeks in New Zealand before returning to Tonga, Civil Beat reported. RELATED ARTICLES ...
    Detectives have arrested a Georgia man for the 1991 slaying of a 17-year-old Massachusetts girl after police said they tracked down an eyewitness, who they had not interviewed and who had been living out of the country. Rodney Daniels, 48, of South Fulton, Georgia, was arraigned Thursday on a murder charge for the July 1991 shooting death of Patricia Moreno in Malden, according to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan. He was arrested at home Monday.  Moreno was found face down early July 20 that year with a gunshot wound to the head on the fire escape of her foster family’s third-floor apartment at 21-23 Henry St., Ryan said in a Wednesday press release.  Daniels dated one of her foster mother’s daughters at the time and was at the apartment during the shooting, Ryan said. He told investigators he had been asleep in an armchair when he was awakened by gunfire, and walked onto the fire escape. Patricia Moreno, 17 (pictured) was found face down in the early morning hours of July 20, 1991 with a gunshot wound to the head...
    RICHMOND — The 22-year-old stepson of District Attorney Diana Becton was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery, leading Becton to move to recuse her office from a charging decision. The arrest occurred a little before 1 a.m. Aug. 29, at a home on East Richmond Heights. A Contra Costa Sheriff’s spokesman said police were called to the residence “regarding a domestic disturbance involving two victims, an infant, and one suspect.” “Deputies conducted an investigation and later arrested 22-year-old Ahkai Bernstine for domestic battery,” sheriff spokesman Jimmy Lee said in an email. “Bernstine was agitated, yelling, and initially resisted arrest before a deputy was eventually able to handcuff him. During his detention, Bernstine informed the deputies his step-mother was the District Attorney.” Bernstine was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility, but later posted $5,000 bail and was freed, authorities said. A Contra Costa Superior Court judge issued an emergency protective order against Bernstine, naming the alleged victims as protected parties, Lee said. Asked about the arrest, Contra Costa District Attorney’s office spokesman Scott Alonso said Becton has...
    The moment newspaper executive Alick McKay opened the front door of his home in Wimbledon, south-west London, it was clear something was terribly wrong. On that evening of December 29, 1969, the telephone had been ripped off the wall, the contents of his wife Muriel’s handbag were strewn over the hall while a billhook and a roll of twine had been discarded. McKay dashed from room to room calling desperately for Muriel, the billhook blade in his hand in case the intruders were still there. There was no sign of his wife. Then, a phone call came that would kickstart the first high-profile, kidnap-for-ransom case in the UK. Mistaken identity: Anna Murdoch and husband Rupert. The abductors had planned to target Anna Murdoch, the 25-year-old wife of newspaper tycoon Rupert Murdoch Police at Wimbledon Common. Part of the problem for the police lay in the unusual nature of the abduction case It was from a man demanding £1 million — equivalent to £20 million today — if Muriel was to be returned alive. But the case was...