Category Archives: Law & Courts

February 27, 2021

Principal who criticized Big Tech censorship sues school district for suspending him

Superintendent told principals to talk about Capitol riot as ‘teachable moment’

“I’m not going to tell you what to think, I just want to help you think,” Principal Barton Thorne told Cordova High School students last month, a few days after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

His recorded video message, which plays weekly in homeroom, went on to explain the threat of social media platforms deciding who gets to speak. President Trump and many of his supporters had been removed from their accounts, and the competing social media platform Parler removed from its web host, in the wake of the riot.

Tennessee’s Shelby County Schools quickly put Thorne (above) on administrative leave and opened a disciplinary investigation for “professional misconduct.” Thorne’s lawyers demanded the district immediately reinstate him and “publicly apologize for suggesting his actions were inappropriate.”

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February 25, 2021

Oklahoma man accused of cutting neighbor’s heart out, feeding it to his family

He then allegedly killed Leon Pye, 67, and his 4-year-old granddaughter, Kaeos Yates, and stabbed his aunt, according to the outlet citing the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation.

An Oklahoma man suspected of murdering three people has confessed to killing his neighbor, cutting her heart out and then cooking it to feed his family, authorities said.

Lawrence Anderson allegedly stabbed Andrea Lynn Blankenship, 41, to death in her Chickasha home on Feb. 9, The Oklahoman reported.

“He took the heart back to 214 West Minnesota, Chickasha,” an agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation wrote in a search warrant obtained by the outlet.

“He cooked the heart with potatoes to feed to his family to release the demons.”

Anderson had been staying at the 214 West Minnesota address with his aunt, Delsie Pye, and uncle, Leon Pye, after his early prison release in January.

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February 24, 2021

Wife Of Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Arrested In Virginia

She was heavily involved in his illegal trafficking dealings for many years, according to investigators.

The wife of notorious drug cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera was arrested on international drug trafficking charges at Dulles International Airport on Monday.

According to court documents, 31-year-old Emma Coronel Aispuro has been federally charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for importation into the U.S., the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a press release announcing her arrest.

Coronel Aispuro, a U.S.-Mexican dual citizen from Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, has also been accused of conspiring to help Guzman, 63, in his successful escape from the Altiplano prison in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico back on July 11, 2015.

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February 22, 2021

NYC educators sue: Fired for not participating in ‘Wakanda Forever’ salute

“The agenda of Chancellor Carranza and his senior leadership team was euphemistically touted as an ‘equity platform’ but in reality, it was a platform used to create gender, age, racial and ethnic divisions in the NYC School system,” the suit, filed Friday, states.

A pair of educators in New York City have filed lawsuits alleging they were fired for, among other things, refusing to do a “Wakanda Forever” salute at superintendents meetings.

Wakanda is the fictional African homeland of the Marvel Comics character Black Panther.

Aside from being “admonished” for not doing the salute, thirty-year veteran Karen Ames says she also was ripped for sharing a story about how her grandparents lost children in the Holocaust. Ames is Jewish.

“You better check yourself,” Ames was told by colleague Rasheda Amon, according to court documents. “That is not about being Jewish! It’s about black and brown boys of color only.”

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February 20, 2021

Heritage Expert: The Equality Act Makes Discrimination the Law of the Land; Harms Women, Children and Parents

The so-called Equality Act was introduced in Congress this week and is likely to soon be heard on the House floor. The Heritage Foundation’s Emilie Kao, director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, released the following statement in response:

“Every American should be treated with dignity and respect and no one should face unjust discrimination. But the Equality Act creates inequality and discrimination by stigmatizing and penalizing the beliefs that hundreds of millions of Americans hold about biological sex and marriage. It forces them to conform to government-mandated beliefs on gender and sex that violate their consciences by threatening them with financial or criminal penalties.

“This bill brings us one step closer to a dystopian nightmare where Americans of all faiths and no faith will be forced to agree with government-imposed ideology or be treated as an outlaw. At the same time, this legislation erases the gains and protections for girls and women in our nation. No law should eliminate privacy and safety in intimate spaces or demolish fair competitions in the name of political correctness.

“Even more troubling is the far-ranging impact this bill would have on Americans’ way of life. This will upend our constitutional freedoms, instill destructive gender ideologies in schools, politicize medicine, open the door to taxpayer-funded abortions, and decimate parental rights.

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February 16, 2021

State, federal authorities bust Colorado-based international drug enterprise, arrest 64

64 people were charged with participating in an international drug trafficking network that transported large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl from Mexico through U.S. ports of entry into Colorado in motor vehicles with concealed compartments.

The Denver Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration in partnership with Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, Arvada Police Department, and the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, today announced the dismantling of an international drug trafficking ring and a related money laundering enterprise operating throughout Colorado.

The investigation, which launched in March 2019, uncovered a thriving market for illicit controlled substances, including heroin and counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports are the primary drivers of the recent increase in opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the last 20 years in Colorado, nearly 5,000 Coloradans died from a prescription opioid overdose. More than 900 of those deaths were due to synthetic opioids that included fentanyl. That number has risen sharply in recent years, from 49 deaths in 2016 to 220 in 2019, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

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February 9, 2021

Palm Harbor Messianic rabbi is the latest Floridian accused in U.S. Capitol riot

A federal complaint accuses Michael Stepakoff of Palm Habor of entering the Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

A rabbi who leads a Palm Harbor synagogue is among the latest Floridians to be accused of crimes related to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

A federal criminal complaint filed this week in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. alleges that Michael Stepakoff entered the Capitol after a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the building, disrupting congressional certification of the electoral college vote.

Stepakoff, 55, leads Temple New Jerusalem, a Messianic synagogue in Palm Harbor and is a former lawyer. He is now one of at least 17 Floridians who have been accused of crimes related to the insurrection.

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Man charged in US Capitol riot worked for FBI, lawyer says (Video)

“He has been vetted and found numerous times as a person worthy of the trust and confidence of the United States government, as indicated by granting him Top Secret clearances,” Plofchan wrote.

A man who authorities say is a leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group and helped to organize a ring of other extremists and led them in the attack last month at the U.S. Capitol has held a top-secret security clearance for decades and previously worked for the FBI, his attorney said Monday.

Thomas Caldwell, who authorities believe holds a leadership role in the extremist group, worked as a section chief for the FBI from 2009 to 2010 after retiring from the Navy, his lawyer, Thomas Plofchan, wrote in a motion urging the judge to release him from jail while he awaits trial.

The defense said Caldwell, who has denied being part of the Oath Keepers, has held a top-secret security clearance since 1979, which required multiple special background investigations, according to Plofchan. Caldwell also ran a consulting firm that did classified work for the U.S. government, the lawyer said.

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February 3, 2021

Steven Crowder’s lawyer files lawsuit against Facebook alleging litany of censorship-related offenses

Allegations include ‘unfair competition, fraud, false advertising, and antitrust’ violations

Bill Richmond, the lawyer for BlazeTV host Steven Crowder, announced Monday he has begun filing a lawsuit against Facebook Inc. over “unfair competition, fraud, false advertising, and antitrust” violations.

The lawsuit is set to be filed this week in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and will seek injunctive relief as well as monetary damages, according to a summary of the filing posted on Crowder’s website.

Richmond, who is jokingly referred to on the set as Crowder’s “half-Asian lawyer,” was unusually straight-faced during Monday’s show as he shared details about the lawsuit, which he expects will pull him away from the show for the foreseeable future.

“This time’s different,” said Crowder about other minor lawsuits often filed against the platform for alleged censorship.

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Poland’s ‘Freedom Act’ Will Empower People to Overturn Big Tech Shadowbans

Poland’s new Freedom Act against Big Tech censorship will see members of the public automatically notified of “shadowbans” and empowered to overturn restrictions if their speech online is lawful.

Speaking exclusively to Breitbart News, Deputy Minister of Justice Sebastian Kaleta, who is spearheading the new legislation, confirmed that “every time an algorithm is used to limit reach, the user will be informed if and why his reach is being limited.”

The Polish government has previously confirmed that its new laws against tech censorship will give Polish citizens a statutory right to appeal against bans and content removal if their speech was lawful under the Polish constitution, with a new Free Speech Board able to order tech firms to restore removed accounts and content on pain of huge fines.

Some tech censorship is more insidious, however, with Silicon Valley drastically curtailing some users’ reach and ability to build a following — sometimes openly, sometimes not — through so-called “shadowbans”, without ever outright banning them or deleting content.

Kaleta told Breitbart London that “the process of using algorithms to suppress particular views, as long as they do not break Polish law, (will) be regulated” and that “if social media platforms break this law, they will be fined.”

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