Canadian actor Ryan Grantham was sentenced to life in prison for second degree murder after admitting to shooting his mother in the back of the head.
The 24-year-old star is best known for his roles in “Riverdale” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” He began acting at the age of 9. Now Grantham is making headlines for an entirely different reason.
In March 2020, the actor shot his mom, Barbara Waite, at their home in Squamish, British Columbia. He used a .22 rifle to kill her while she was playing the piano, according to Variety. The young actor then took a video recording of himself confessing to the crime.
The next day, he covered the body with a sheet, surrounded it with lit candles and hung a rosary from the piano, the outlet reported. Grantham loaded a car with guns, ammunition and Molotov cocktails and drove to Ottawa with the intention of killing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the publication noted.
But he then considered committing a mass shooting either at Simon Fraser University, where he was a student, or on the Lions Gate Bridge. Ultimately, Grantham chose to turn himself in for his mother’s murder rather than killing again.
Grantham’s sister Lisa said during the trial that the case was “tragic” and “heartbreaking.” She described her mother as her “best friend,” saying, “She was vulnerable and Ryan gave her no chance to defend herself. It pains me to know he was a danger to her life.” Lisa and her mother’s sister told the court they “fear [Grantham’s] release from prison.”
Judge Kathleen Ker called the actor’s decision to turn himself in rather than committing a mass shooting his “saving grace,” while noting that his actions had a “life-shattering” impact on the victim’s family, People reported.
Second degree murder comes with an automatic life sentence in Canada. He will be eligible for parole after 14 years, per CBC Canada.
The judge noted that Grantham had been experiencing mental health struggles for several weeks before he committed murder. He had also been looking at violent footage on the dark web, CBC reported.
Ker said the actor was getting psychiatric treatment in jail and was reportedly showing improvement, per CBC.
Grantham’s lawyer said his client wasn’t surprised by the life sentence.
“I think he anticipated what the judge gave him as a sentence,” attorney Chris Johnson said. “I think he’s pretty apprehensive about the whole thing. He’s a fairly tiny person, and to go to the prison system, I’m sure it’s a daunting and scary thought for him.”
Georgia Supreme Court Rules Democrat Ryan Williams to Be Removed from Ballot
The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled that Douglas County Chief Judge William H. “Beau” McClain erred when he ruled that he does not have the authority to remove Democrat Ryan Williams from the ballot for chief magistrate judge.
As part of the ruling, the high court remanded the case to McClain and instructed him to order Williams’ name removed from the Nov. 8 general election ballot.
As a result of the ruling, incumbent Republican Chief Magistrate Judge Susan S. Camp will be the only candidate on the ballot and will get another four-year term in office.
Camp declined to comment when reached Friday afternoon, saying she was waiting until McClain had ordered Williams’ name removed from the ballot. McClain’s order doing so is a formality and was expected to come quickly.
Bryan Tyson, an Atlanta attorney, represented Camp’s husband, Scott, who challenged Williams’ candidacy and appealed the case to the Supreme Court after McClain ruled in July he didn’t have authority to remove Williams’ from the ballot under the state law cited by Camp.
“We’re definitely pleased with the ruling and glad that the law related to elections is going to be followed in this situation,” Tyson said. …
“We want to make sure everybody’s playing by the same rules. And this is a decision that ultimately ensures that everyone is playing by the same rules and that everyone (voters) see on their ballot is someone who has gotten on that ballot properly and has followed the proper procedures to do that.”
Williams, in an emailed statement to the Sentinel, said he was disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling.
“When I joined the race for chief magistrate judge, I didn’t run to make history; I ran to create change,” Williams said.
“Although I adhered to the qualifying process, the Supreme Court of Georgia has unfortunately decided that now is not the time to create a clear and concise pathway for candidates facing similar circumstances to remain on the ballot. I am disappointed in the court’s ruling, and even more disappointed for the voters of Douglas County who will not have a voice in deciding who sits on the magistrate court judicial bench. I hope that my candidacy inspires others to become involved in the democratic process, to continue the fight for voter choice, and to dismantle the hurdles that discourage people of color from running for office.”
Charges for Man Accused of Killing ‘Republican’ Teenager Upgraded to Murder
The North Dakota man accused of a fatal hit and run of a teenager now faces a charge of murder.
Shannon Brandt, 41, was initially charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the hit-and-run killing of Cayler Ellingson on Sept. 18. The criminal vehicular homicide charge has since been dropped.
On Friday, Foster County State’s Attorney Kara Brinster announced that Brandt is being charged with murder with a dangerous weapon in addition to duty in an accident involving death, according to Fox News. Both are felonies, and the murder charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
Brandt was released from jail on Sept. 20 after posting a $50,000 bond. He was not placed on house arrest and didn’t have a curfew.
Brandt reportedly turned himself in on Friday at the Stutsman County Correction Center.
The upgraded charges stem from an investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Foster County Sheriff’s Department, and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Brandt allegedly ran over the 18-year-old with his SUV following a “political argument.” Brady reportedly left the crime scene that happened after a street dance party in McHenry.
Brandt called 911 and “made comments regarding the incident being intentional and not an accident,” according to the affidavit.
Court documents say Brandt asked the 911 operator, “I just wanna ask you a question, am I going to prison?”
Brandt allegedly told the 911 dispatcher, “I hit him and I didn’t mean to, and he’s subdued, I was scared to death, but he’s subdued, he can’t do anything to me now.”
Brandt added, “I almost, oh god, I almost just run away but I thought jeez obviously if it was a total accident I wouldn’t be scared but I know it was more than that,” according to the affidavit.
Brandt reportedly told the 911 dispatcher that Ellingson “wouldn’t let him leave” and made a call to someone saying “something to the effect of you’re going to have to come here and handle him.”
Ellingson allegedly only called his mother and father.
At 2:34 a.m., Ellingson called his mother Sheri Ellingson, and suggested that “maybe he should call his cousins or posse,” according to the affidavit. The mother of the slain teenager allegedly informed him that he “didn’t need to do that and that she was on her way to pick” him up.
Ellingson’s final call with his mother was at 2:42 a.m., when he said “something to the effect of they are after me or he is after me,” and the phone call dropped, according to the affidavit.
Ellingson was taken to a local hospital, but later died.
Brandt drove to his home in Glenfield. Law enforcement tracked him down at his house, where they said he was visibly intoxicated. Police said a breathalyzer test revealed Brandt’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit to drive.
An investigation by the highway patrol did not find acceleration or skid marks in the gravel alley where Ellingson was hit by the SUV. Investigators also noted that Brandt’s SUV had little to no damage.
An autopsy performed on Ellingson showed that his fatal injuries “weren’t caused from being struck by Shannon Brandt’s vehicle and were caused by being run over,” the affidavit stated.
Brandt initially told authorities that he got into a “political argument” with Ellingson. He described the teen as a member of a “Republican extremist group.”
North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind said of the alleged extremist ties, “There is no evidence to support the claim Brandt made about Ellingson.”
A funeral for Cayler Ellingson was held on Monday at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Carrington, North Dakota.
At Least 125 Dead, 300 Injured as Chaos Unfolds After Soccer Match Between Rival Teams
At least 174 people are dead — most of them trampled in a stampede– after violent brawls erupted between opposing fans after a soccer match in Indonesia, local police said.
Numerous fights broke out among rival fans at the Kanjuruhan Stadium in East Java province’s Malang city just as Persebaya Surabaya defeated Arema Malang 3-2 in the Indonesian Premier League Match on Sunday.
In an effort to break up the fights, riot police fired tear gas which sent hundreds of panicked fans fleeing for the stadium exits, East Java Police Chief Nico Afinta told the Associated Press.
In the chaos, 34 people were trampled to death instantly, while others suffocated.
Afinta said over 300 others were rushed to local hospitals, but many died on the way and during treatment.
The death toll is likely to increase, he said, as many of the 180 injured victims’ conditions were worsening.
Video circulating on social media shows fans from each side of the soccer pitch sprint toward midfield, appearing ready to fight each other before riot police suddenly run between them.
Other video shows hundreds of fans frantically sprinting across the pitch for the exits, flinging themselves over barriers and desperately climbing fences.
Riot police can be seen kicking and hitting people with batons as they try to get away — and firing tear gas canisters directly into the crowd at both ends of the field.
Another video shot from the seats shows a whole section of the stands engulfed in tear gas as fans cry out.
Disturbing footage shows a mass of injured people packed tightly into an overwhelmed hospital, with some lying motionless on the hospital floor.
— AlSaMa🕛 (@sama_nile) October 2, 2022
NEW – Over 100 people were killed tonight in riots that broke out at a football match in Indonesia.pic.twitter.com/hGZEwQyHmL
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) October 1, 2022
READ IT: FBI’s Brutal Draft Letter Firing Disgraced Agent Peter Strzok Revealed
A top FBI official accused Trump-hating former agent Peter Strzok of doing long-term damage to the bureau’s reputation with a “sustained pattern of bad judgment” and “selfishness” in the newly released draft of the 2018 letter firing him.
David Bowdich, who was deputy director of the bureau when he penned the brutally harsh draft of the dismissal letter, told Strzok the damage he caused to the bureau would last for years. He referred specifically to Strzok’s use of “an FBI device,” an apparent reference to the shocking text messages sent on bureau cell phones between Strzok and his paramour, Lisa Page, in which vowed to stop former President Trump from being elected in 2016.
“While there is no doubt your 21 years of service to the organization cannot and should not be erased, it is difficult to fathom the repeated, sustained errors of judgment you made while serving as the lead agent in two of the most high profile investigations in the country,” Bowdich wrote in the August 8, 2018 letter. “Though the Office of the Inspector General found no evidence of bias impacted any of your or the FBI’s investigative actions or decisions, your sustained pattern of bad judgment in the use of an FBI device has called into question for many of the decisions made during both the Clinton e-mail investigation and the initial states of the Russian Collusion investigation.”
“In short, your repeated selfishness has called into question the credibility of the entire FBI.”
Strzok's dismissal letter was published today:
"In my 23 years in the FBI, I have not seen a more impactful series of missteps that has called into question the entire organization and more thoroughly damaged the FBI’s reputation."
— Hans Mahncke (@HansMahncke) September 30, 2022
The draft letter was an attachment in a DOJ response in Strzok’s wide-ranging federal lawsuit alleging violation of his right to privacy and wrongful termination. Strzok’s attorneys deposed Bowdich and are now trying to depose Trump and FBI Director Christopher Wray in a bid to show his firing was political. The DOJ attached the draft letter to rebut the idea that Strzok’s firing was for political reasons.
Bowdich has since left the bureau and is vice president of global security for Disney. Strzok, despite being humiliated by the exposure of his emails, extramarital affair, and repeated bungling of investigations, has written a book and frequently appears on hard-left cable news channel MSNBC to defend the FBI against accusations of political bias.
Strzok served as deputy assistant director of the bureau’s counterintelligence division, leading the investigation into phony Trump-Russia collusion claims and before that, the probe of Hillary Clinton’s illegal use of a personal email server to send and receive classified documents.
Strzok was first fired from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team and then from the bureau after the Department of Justice’s inspector general in 2017 turned up the damning emails exchanged between him and Page. In them, the pair expressed contempt for Trump and his supporters and Strzok hinted at plans to derail his campaign.
Bowdich claimed Inspector General Michael Horowitz found no evidence that political bias affected FBI investigations involving Strzok, but said the public perception was otherwise.
“In my 23 years in the FBI, I have not seen a more impactful series of missteps which called into question the entire organization and more thoroughly damaged the reputation of the organization,” wrote Bowdich. “In our role as FBI employees we sometimes make unpopular decisions, but the public should be able to examine our work and not have to question motives.”
The two-page letter ends with a blistering reference to Strzok’s failure as a public servant.
“As Deputy Assistant Director, you were expected to be a leader who was beyond reproach and set an example for not only our direct subordinates, but others throughout the organization who watched and observed your behaviors and actions,” Bowdich wrote. “You failed to do so repeatedly and put your own interests [above] the interests of the organization. Though it pains me to do so, it is for this reason that I am dismissing you from the rolls of the FBI.”
In addition to the texts ending Strzok’s career, they appear to have wrecked his personal life. In one exchange the DOJ revealed in response to Strzok’s wrongful termination suit, the pair discuss Strzok’s wife seeing their correspondence.
“My wife has my phone,” Strzok wrote.
“Your wife left me a VM,” Page replied. “Am I supposed to respond? She thinks we’re having an affair. Should I call and correct her understanding? Leave this to you to address?”
“I don’t know,” Strzok wrote. “I said we were close friends and nothing more. She knows I sent you flowers. I said you were having a tough week.”
NSA Agent Arrested After Giving Government Secrets to FBI Agent He Thought Was Foreign Operative
A 30-year-old former NSA agent was arrested after the feds said that he had been trying to sell government secrets to an undercover FBI agent he thought was a foreign operative.
Jareh Sebastian Dalke of Colorado Springs, Colorado, made his first appearance in court on Thursday after he was hit with espionage related charges for allegedly attempting to transmit National Defense Information (NDI) to a Russian operative.
According to the Department of Justice, Dalke used an encrypted email account to send several classified documents to a person he believed worked for the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service.
“In actuality, that person was an undercover FBI agent. Dalke subsequently arranged to transfer additional classified information in his possession to the undercover FBI agent at a location in Denver, Colorado,” the DOJ said.
Dalke, who was an information systems security designer for the NSA between June and July this year, was arrested on Wednesday when he went to meet up with his contact to allegedly sell classified information.
The DOJ said that Dalke told an undercover FBI agent that he was still working for the agency and that he would exchange secrets for a specific cryptocurrency. The information in question reportedly related to U.S. cyber security.
“On or about Aug. 26, 2022, Dalke requested $85,000 in return for additional information in his possession. Dalke also told the FBI undercover agent that he would share additional information in the future, once he returned to the Washington, D.C., area. Although he was not employed by the NSA while communicating with the FBI, Dalke re-applied to the NSA in August 2022,” the DOJ said.
Court documents show that Dalke allegedly told the undercover agent that he “recently learned that my heritage ties back to your country, which is part of why I have come to you.”
He allegedly also said that he wanted to sell the documents because he “questioned our role in damage to the world in the past and by mixture of curiosity for secrets and a desire to cause change.”
According to the charges, one of the documents that were intended to be sold were classified as “secret,” while two more were “top secret.” He was charged with three violations of the Espionage Act.
Dalke had previously worked as a volunteer with the Colorado Rangers, a state law enforcement group. Colonel Ronald M. Abramson, of the Rangers, said that he was disappointed with the allegations.
“We are enormously disappointed in the allegations but we have to wait for the federal process to run its course,” Abramson told CBS News Colorado. Dalke has since been suspended from work with the Rangers.
If convicted, Dalke could be sentenced to life in prison or execution.
Elon Musk Slams Kamala Harris for Racial Remarks About Distributing Disaster Assistance
Vice President Kamala Harris (D) was called out Friday evening by entrepreneur Elon Musk after saying that the Biden administration was prioritizing giving disaster relief to minorities for the sake of “equity” because the administration wants everyone to end up “in an equal place.”
Harris made the remarks during a discussion with leftist Priyanka Chopra at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.
“It is our lowest income communities and our communities of color that are most impacted by these extreme conditions and impacted by issues that are not of their own making,” Harris claimed. “And so we have to address this in a way that is about giving resources based on equity, understanding that we fight for equality, but we also need to fight for equity, understanding not everyone starts out at the same place.”
She added, “And if we want people to be in an equal place, sometimes we have to take into account those disparities and do that work.”
Should be according to greatest need, not race or anything else
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 1, 2022
“Should be according to greatest need, not race or anything else,” Musk responded.
Musk made news this week when he suggested that he was potentially interested in working with an alternative platform to YouTube after the left-wing tech company reportedly censored actor Russell Brand.
Brand claimed he was “officially censored by YouTube” for promoting misinformation related to the coronavirus pandemic, to which he responded by showing clips of leftist media personalities making false claims related to the pandemic and YouTube not taking action against their accounts.
Brand also claimed in the video that the reason YouTube does not take action against these personalities is because YouTube is actually part of the mainstream media. Musk responded to Brand’s video saying, “Good point.”
Rumble’s founder, Chris Pavlovksi, pleaded with Musk on Twitter, writing, “Elon, I founded Rumble and forever wanted to work with you.”
“Below is from 2010 when I visited SpaceX. I was ready 12 years ago, and I’m ready 12 years from now. Whenever you’re ready 🚀,” he tweeted. “In the meantime, let’s peer our datacenters with Starlink to secure free speech 🙂”
Musk responded, “Maybe worth talking at some point.”
WATCH: DeSantis Cooks Breakfast at Waffle House for Hurricane First Responders
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) cooked breakfast Saturday morning for first responders who have been on the frontlines dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
Hurricane Ian made made landfall Wednesday afternoon in Southwest Florida as one of the most powerful Category 4 hurricanes to ever hit the state, with sustained wind speeds reaching up to 155 mph.
“@WaffleHouse is one of the first restaurants in Charlotte County to reopen and provide hot meals as we work together to serve Floridians after #HurricaneIan,” DeSantis wrote on Twitter. “Thank you for providing meals to the linemen working to restore power.”
DeSantis served the first responders, emergency response staff, and volunteers at a Waffle House in Punta Gorda.
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 #FloridaStrong (@DeSantisWarRoom) October 1, 2022
DeSantis issued updates on his administration’s hurricane recovery efforts after surveying numerous devastated areas and meeting with officials in the impacted communities.
The governor’s office said that there are 42,000 lineman responding to the more than 1.2 million power outages caused by the catastrophic damage from Hurricane Ian. The lineman have already restored power to more than 1.4 million Floridians, the governor’s office added.
As of early Saturday morning, over 1,000 members of search and rescue teams made more than 1,100 rescues. Helicopters had been used for nearly 200 of the rescue responses and the Florida National Guard is also involved in efforts to conduct search and rescue operations with individual counties.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) has received a major boost in support from the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), gaining 1,800 personnel from more than two dozen states that have arrived in the state to assist in recovery efforts.
“FDEM is working with feeding partners to open kitchens for impacted and displaced residents,” DeSantis’ office said. “More than 63,000 hot meals were served on-scene at food banks in Alachua, Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Orange, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole and Union counties yesterday, Friday, September 30. More than 100,000 hot meals will be served today, October 1.”
“FDEM has six active fuel depots and is staging an additional four fuel depots today throughout Central and Southwest Florida to ensure first responders have the fuel they need to conduct search and rescue operations,” the statement added. “More than 1.2 million gallons of fuels has been mobilized.”
WOKE: Trans Paedophile Starts Relationship with ‘Vulnerable’ Female Inmate Immediately Upon Arrival to Women’s Prison
A British sexual predator, Sally Dixon, a biological male that identifies as a woman, was convicted in July for sexually assaulting at least seven children, sentenced to a woman’s prison, and then almost immediately started a “relationship” with a female inmate.
According to the Daily Mail, Dixon arrived at prison and began this “relationship” with a woman who was deemed “vulnerable” due to her “learning disabilities.” 58-year-old Dixon had to be removed from the wing to prevent exploitation of the female inmate who had “mental health issues.”
Dixon was sentenced to the women’s prison in September despite not being biologically or legally recognized as a woman, after being found guilty on 30 offenses of indecent assault or indecency with a child against seven kids. The victims, of which the youngest was just seven years old, were abused between 1989 and 1996, when Dixon still identified as a man. Dixon began transitioning in 2004.
The Daily Mail reports that once Dixon landed in prison, with a source saying “Dixon was very outspoken about being transgender. There were a few instances when it was reported she had made inappropriate comments to some of the female prisoners, and possibly staff.”
“The comments were sexual stuff, flirtatious stuff. Once Dixon was allowed to associate with everyone else, it was very hard to keep an eye on her,” the source continued.
“She was told she wasn’t allowed to go into people’s rooms, but once they are unlocked we don’t have the staff to follow her around constantly.”
Lewes Crown Court in East Sussex determined Dixon will serve at least 12 years at HMP Bronzefield, an adult and youth female prison, despite not being legally recognized as a woman. After that, Dixon will be eligible for parole.
In late September, the Sussex Police in the United Kingdom defended the convicted pedophile’s gender identity.
In a now-deleted tweet, officials said, “Sussex Police do not tolerate any hateful comments towards their gender identity regardless of crimes committed,” in response to Twitter users who were critical of Dixon’s categorization as female.
“This is irrelevant to the crime that has been committed and investigated,” officials added.
Maya Forstater, who won a test case ruling that gender-critical views were a protected philosophical belief under the Equality Act, noted that Dixon is a biological male.
“It is not ‘hateful’ or criminal to call someone male a man. It is a simple statement of fact. The paedophile who committed these crimes, like 98 percent of those who undertake sex crimes was and remain male,” Forstater said.
Sussex Police then released another statement, apologizing for the previous comment but still standing by the sentiment.
Please see our statement below in relation to the recent sentencing of a historic sex offender. pic.twitter.com/7ZcwkT7yEt
— Sussex Police (@sussex_police) September 27, 2022
Dixon previously lived in Crawley and Bexhill in Sussex, England, and abused children in a storage unit and a trailer. At that time, Dixon worked repairing TVs and DJing at local bars and trailer parks.
Prosecutor Ryan Richter described the harrowing abuse mounted against two boys and five girls that lasted years.
“The defendant, living as a man in the late 80s and 90s, was a brazen and callous sexual predator,” Richter said to the court. “He exploited young males and cultivated a toxic relationship with female children who he systematically abused throughout their childhoods.”
The offender, who was born John Stephen Dixon, was jailed for six months in 1997 for the sexual abuse of a teenage boy, but it was not until another victim came forward in 2019 that Dixon’s years of abusing children came to light.
“Dixon came to know these vulnerable young children successively through family connections, and used that trusted access to systematically abuse each of them for sexual gratification, in some cases for several months at a time,” said Detective Constable Amy Pooley of the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit.
“Only when one of the victims eventually came to us in 2019 was the terrible and distressing nature of Dixon’s offending over many years finally uncovered. As one victim escaped this predatory interest, another would take their place, but sometimes some victims would be offended against simultaneously,” Pooley added.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Dies at 74
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Max Baer, 74, died suddenly at his home near Pittsburgh Saturday.
“This is a tremendous loss for the Court and all of Pennsylvania,” the newly appointed Chief Justice Debra Todd, who is the longest serving justice on the court, said in a statement.
“Pennsylvania has lost a jurist who served the Court and the citizens of the Commonwealth with distinction,” she continued. “Chief Justice Baer was an influential and intellectual jurist whose unwavering focus was on administering fair and balanced justice.”
“He was a tireless champion for children, devoted to protecting and providing for our youngest and most vulnerable citizens,” the statement read.
Baer was first elected to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2003 and was sworn in as chief justice in 2021 after a lengthy career in law, according to local news outlet Post Gazette.
The justice was set to retire at the end of the year at the age of 75, which is the court’s mandatory age retirement.
The Pittsburgh native reportedly graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971 before obtaining his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law in 1975.
Baer also served as deputy attorney general for Pennsylvania from 1975 to 1980.
“His distinguished service and commitment to justice and fairness spanned his decades on the bench – first as a family court judge in Allegheny County and eventually as administrative judge in family court before being elected to serve on the Supreme Court,” Todd said.
“On behalf of the Court, we offer our deepest condolences to family, friends and colleagues of Chief Justice Baer.”
The passing of Baer means Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf will now need to fill the vacancy left in the state’s hightest court.
Obama-Appointed Judge Slaps Down Stacey Abrams’ Election Lawsuit
A federal judge sided with the state of Georgia in a lawsuit filed by a group associated with Democrat Stacey Abrams challenging the constitutionality of its election practices.
“Although Georgia’s election system is not perfect, the challenged practices violate neither the constitution nor the VRA,” U.S. District Judge Steve Jones, an Obama appointee, wrote, referring to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He detailed his reasoning in a 288-page order siding against Abrams’ Fair Fight Georgia group in a lawsuit filed four years ago alleging voter suppression and racial discrimination after she narrowly lost to the state’s current Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.
Kemp, who was Georgia Secretary of State when the lawsuit was filed, applauded the ruling as a victory against an attempt by Abrams to weaponize the legal system for political gain.
“Judge Jones’ ruling exposes this legal effort for what it really is: a tool wielded by a politician hoping to wrongfully weaponize the legal system to further her own political goals,” Kemp said in a statement.
“While the Court’s actions are not the preferred outcome, the conduct of this trial and preceding cases and legislative actions represent a hard-won victory for voters who endured long lines, burdensome date of birth requirements and exact match laws that disproportionately impact Black and Brown voters,” Abrams said in a statement.
Abrams’ Fair Fight Action organization filed the lawsuit along with Care in Action, a nonprofit that advocates for domestic workers. Several churches later joined as plaintiffs. It was originally extremely broad and called for a significant overhaul of Georgia’s election system. By the time it got to trial, the scope had narrowed significantly after some allegations were resolved by changes in state law and others were dismissed by the court.
Georgia officials have created a landscape where it’s “harder to register, harder to stay registered and ultimately harder to vote,” Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, an attorney for Fair Fight and the other plaintiffs, said during her closing argument in late June. The barriers to voting aren’t caused by inevitable human errors but instead result from “choices designed to keep certain people from voting,” she said.
“This is a voting rights case that resulted in wins and losses for all parties over the course of the litigation and culminated in what is believed to have been the longest voting rights bench trial in the history of the Northern District of Georgia,” Jones wrote.
In a press release, Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger called the ruling a “win for all Georgia election officials who dedicate their lives to safe, secure and accessible elections.”
“Stolen election and voter suppression claims by Stacey Abrams were nothing but poll-tested rhetoric not supported by facts and evidence,” the statement added.
The ruling comes as a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice last year alleging discrimination continues to make its way through court. Both the DOJ and Biden White House declined to provide an update on that case last week when contacted by Fox News Digital.
Biden has referred to the Georgia voting system as “Jim Crow in the 21st Century.”
Raffensperger’s office told Fox News Digital that 1.9 million eligible voters participated in the 2022 primary contest compared to 1.2 million in 2018, despite the DOJ’s allegation of voter suppression, and African-American turnout was 22% higher than any other primary election except for the 2020 presidential primary.
Kemp and Abrams are set to square off in a rematch for Georgia governor next month in a race that Fox News polling shows Kemp leads by seven points.
DeSantis Delivers Blunt Message for Those Thinking About Looting in Wake of Hurricane
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) warned those who are thinking about looting in the wake of Hurricane Ian that they are putting their lives at risk as the state supports citizens using the Second Amendment.
DeSantis, who made the remarks while speaking in the devastated community of Matlacha near Fort Myers, said that he has seen citizens indicating that they will shoot looters.
“They boarded up all the businesses, and there are people that wrote on their plywood, ‘You loot, we shoot,’” DeSantis said. “At the end of the day, we are not going to allow lawlessness to take advantage of this situation. We are a law-and-order state, and this is a law-and-order community, so do not think that you’re going to go take advantage of people who’ve suffered misfortune.”
“I would not take that chance,” DeSantis said. “Florida is a Second Amendment state.”
Governor DeSantis issues a warning to would-be looters: "I would not take that chance. Florida is a Second Amendment state."
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 #FloridaStrong (@DeSantisWarRoom) September 30, 2022
Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno, a Republican, said, “We are not going to tolerate — and I mean zero tolerance — when we say anyone that thinks they’re going to thrive on the residents of this county or state when we just took a horrific hit, I can guarantee you that is not going to happen.”
“Most importantly, safety and security as always,” Marceno added. “I guarantee you, we will be out here in full force, and any person that makes that horrific error that thinks they’re going to do something to one of my residents in my county, I guarantee you it’ll be swift incarceration immediately with no tolerance.”
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody shared a video on Twitter showing men who were accused of allegedly trying to loot in Fort Myers.
“Florida will not tolerate looters taking advantage of #HurricaneIan to prey on vulnerable Floridians,” Moody tweeted. “They will be arrested and I have asked state attorneys to seek the longest pretrial detention possible to keep them locked up so they cannot commit new crimes.”
Florida will not tolerate looters taking advantage of #HurricaneIan to prey on vulnerable Floridians. They will be arrested and I have asked state attorneys to seek the longest pretrial detention possible to keep them locked up so they cannot commit new crimes. https://t.co/ORw0qJ1TbB
— AG Ashley Moody (@AGAshleyMoody) September 30, 2022
New Details Emerge in Shooting of 84-Year-Old Pro-Life Volunteer, Michigan Man Charged
New details continue to emerge in the shooting of an 84-year-old pro-life Michigan canvasser, now identified as retired nurse Joan Jacobson.
Richard Harvey, 74, admitted during a news interview last week that he fired off a “warning shot” from his .22 caliber rifle when he heard his wife allegedly arguing with the elderly pro-life activist on September 20. He also claimed he tried to push away Jacobson’s clipboard and said he accidentally shot her in the front of her shoulder.
Jacobson, though, says the shooting was intentional. “I do think that he knew what he was doing,” she told The Daily Signal. “I think it was intentional.”
The elderly woman, described as 120 pounds and five feet tall, says she did not refuse to leave the property like the Harveys have claimed nor did she threaten the couple.
Harvey was charged Friday with felonious assault, careless discharge of a weapon causing injury, and reckless use of a firearm, according to WoodTV.
Felonious assault in Michigan carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison, the report noted.
A press release from Great Lakes Justice Center sent to The Daily Wire said Jacobson was visiting homes on September 20 to express her concerns over Ballot Proposal 3, which is a pro-abortion measure. “She had been to approximately a dozen homes, handed out literature, had friendly conversations with folks, and then came to the door of Sharon and Richard Harvey,” the press release said. “That is when her day suddenly turned dangerous.”
Sharon Harvey was “immediately” “hostile, belligerent, and antagonistic” when she found out Jacobson’s views, the legal team claimed. When the pro-life activist was ordered off the property, Jacobson left while Sharon allegedly continued to follow her and verbally harass her, the legal team said. And things only escalated from there when Mr. Harvey showed up with a gun.
“Ms. Harvey followed her down the porch onto the sidewalk and continued her verbal assault of Ms. Jacobson,” the press release said. “Her husband, Richard Harvey, joined her in the yard and was carrying a loaded .22-caliber rifle. He never said a word to Ms. Jacobson, and she said nothing to him. He admitted that he fired a ‘warning shot’ and then claimed he ‘accidently’ shot Ms. Jacobson with a second shot.”
“She was not threatening either Mr. Harvey or his wife, did not use her clipboard as a weapon, and was shot without any provocation,” the legal team continued. “She had turned to ask Ms. Harvey to stop yelling at her, and she was shot from the side as the bullet entered the top of her right shoulder and exited out her upper back near her spine.”
Jacobson was “stunned” by the shooting and feared for her life. She drove to a nearby police station, where she was then transferred to a hospital for treatment.
“She believed Mr. Harvey intended to shoot her and that he might shoot her again if she did not leave the scene and get help,” the press release said, adding that “[n]either Sharon nor Richard Harvey expressed any concern for Ms. Jacobson, offered her any assistance, or said one word to her after she was shot.”
“There was no justification for shooting Ms. Jacobson,” said David Kallman, senior legal counsel for Great Lakes Justice Center. “Mr. Harvey admitted firing a warning shot, so he knew the gun was loaded when he pointed it at my client. If it was truly an accident, why did neither of the Harvey’s express any remorse or even offer to assist Ms. Jacobson or call 911 immediately after shooting her? The answer is obvious: it was not an accident and Mr. Harvey should be held accountable.”
“I was just in shock,” Jacobson recounted to The Daily Signal. “I said to myself, ‘Did I just get shot? Did he just shoot me?’”
“They didn’t say anything,” the 84-year-old told the outlet. “I didn’t say anything. I just headed back to my car and tried to ascertain if I could drive … I didn’t feel lightheaded or like I was going to pass out or anything. I thought, ‘I gotta get out of here.’ I got into the car and they were standing by the sidewalk, I looked through the car window, and I had a thought that went through my mind, I thought, ‘This guy is going to shoot me again through the window of the car!’ He didn’t, and I was able to get the car started, get into gear, get on the road.”
WOKE: Girls HS Volleyball Team Banned from Their Own Locker Room After Complaining About Trans Student
Members of a Vermont girls high school volleyball team have been banned from using their own locker room and now have to change in a single bathroom stall after they complained about a transgender teammate.
Some teammates allege that the transgender player at Randolph Union High School made an ‘inappropriate remark’ to some of them while they were changing in the locker room.
They now want the school to relocate the transgender player, who hasn’t been named. No details of the alleged inappropriate remark have been shared.
But Vermont’s state law means that students can play sports and use the locker which correspond to the gender with which they identify.
Blake Allen, a player on the team, told WCAX how uncomfortable it makes her feel, saying ‘its a huge thing . . . everyone’s asking ‘why aren’t you allowed in the locker room?’
Shortly after the incident, the school sent out an email to families of the players, informing them that the school has ‘plenty of space where students who feel uncomfortable with the laws may change in privacy.’
Superintendent Layne Millington, who oversees the Orange County School District, has yet to comment on the controversy.
With about 10 players on the team, Allen said that making each of them getting changed in the single bathroom stall doesn’t make sense.
‘They want all the girls who feel uncomfortable to get changed in a single-stall bathroom, which would take over 30 minutes,’ she said. ‘Where, if one person got changed separately, it would take a minute, like no extra time.’
Allen said the issue isn’t with the transgender athlete playing on the team, but being in a locker room where the female students are at their most vulnerable.
‘There are biological boys that go into the girl’s bathroom, but never a locker room,’ Allen said.
She added: ‘My mom wants me to do this interview to try to make a change.’
‘I feel like for stating my opinion — that I don’t want a biological man changing with me — that I should not have harassment charges or bullying charges. They should all be dropped,’ Allen said.
School officials sent out another email informing parents they are looking into allegations that the volleyball girls harassed the transgender student.
Lisa Floyd, Randolph High School co-president, said that when policies are violated, disciplinary action consistent with the school’s rules will be applied, adding that students’ safety is the ‘district’s top priority.’
According to the policies of the Vermont Agency of Education, ‘the use of restrooms and locker rooms by transgender students require school to consider numerous facts,’ the agency said.
The agency states in their policy that ‘a transgender student should not be required to use a locker room or restroom that conflicts with the student’s gender identity.’
The school’s investigation is ongoing.
Transgender athletes and school students have become a hot button issue in recent years – particularly when they’ve transitioned from male-to-female.
Trans swimmer Lia Thomas sparked an outcry over unfairness after she smashed multiple college swimming records, prompting a crackdown on transgender women competing in swimming.
FINA, the professional swimming body, has also devised a new ‘open’ category for trans swimmers to compete in, sparking shrieks of outrage from woke advocates who say it will damage ‘equity.’
Critics of male-to-female transgender athletes say they have an unfair advantage over women after going through male puberty, even if they undergo subsequent hormone treatment during their transition.
They also warn of potential safety concerns that arise by having someone with male private parts in a female changing room.
Transgender rights advocates say students who are trans are vulnerable, and that they should be allowed to participate fully in school or college life as the gender with which they identify.
HIT LIST? Fed-Backed Censorship Machine Targets 20 News Sites
The private consortium that reported election “misinformation” to tech platforms during the 2020 election season, in “consultation” with federal agencies, targeted several news organizations in its dragnet.
Websites for Just the News, New York Post, Fox News, Washington Examiner, Washington Times, Epoch Times and Breitbart were identified among the 20 “most prominent domains across election integrity incidents” that were cited in tweets flagged by the Election Integrity Partnership and its collaborators.
The Washington Post, New York Times and CNN also appeared on the list, though the consortium’s after-action report emphasizes most of the mainstream media reports “were referenced as fact-checks” that played a “corrective role” against “misleading narratives.”
The report also identified the 21 “most prominent repeat spreaders [of misinformation] on Twitter,” all of them politically classified as “right.” Actor James Woods led that group, followed by The Gateway Pundit blog, Donald Trump Jr. and President Trump himself. The report emphasized 15 were verified by Twitter.
“Repeat spreaders” of election “misinformation” on Twitter
Election Integrity Partnership
The Stanford Internet Observatory, University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public, think tank Atlantic Council, and social media analytics firm Graphika claimed their consortium had a 35% success rate getting flagged content removed, throttled or labeled.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the State Department, and liberal groups such as the Democratic National Committee, also flagged purported misinformation through the consortium.
“Gateway Pundit is reviewing its legal options,” General Counsel John Burns wrote in an email, calling the “fascist, public-private partnership … a very simple nexus or entwinement case, with deep Supreme Court precedent.”
“How is this any different from what happens in Communist Party-controlled China?” publisher Jim Hoft said. “The scary thing is, the EIP is only a single office within the greater government-wide Ministry of Truth.”
Gateway Pundit response to Election Integrity Partnership.pdf
“We noticed a massive drop off on and around the 2020 elections. It got really bad after [Jan. 6, 2021],” paired with apparent “increased leftwing bot activity,” Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk wrote in a text message.
“Compared to my engagement on every other platform, there’s no question that this new revelation fits with our lived experience on Twitter,” he said. “That tax payer dollars are being spent to censor half the country is a travesty and whoever is behind this must be held accountable.”
“The definition of ‘disinformation’ is now any reported facts that go against the world view of the political establishment,” Breitbart News Editor in Chief Alexander Marlow wrote in an email.
The consortium “relies on innuendo and insinuation to imply we are not trustworthy and thus should be censored” rather than accusing Breitbart “of publishing inaccurate stories,” he said. The company is being targeted for “having a massively powerful platform that leads the political conversation every single day.”
“We’re in the middle of what I would call the ‘Great Suppression,'” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Just the News. He was suspended by Twitter for several months for comments on hydroxychloroquine.
“Censorship is a civil rights issue,” he wrote in a text message. “Not only do we have the right to speak, but we have the right to petition the government and be free from retaliation.”
“This is the destruction of American liberty right before our eyes,” conservative activist Pamela Geller wrote in an email. She called it “more than just campaign rhetoric … This is a fascist regime aiming to criminalize political dissent.”
Human Events senior editor Jack Posobiec said “the crooked scumbags that run the regime target me so often” because they are “terrified” of him.
“We are not going to stop fighting for freedom until their entire edifice [is] torn down,” he vowed.
SHOCK VIDEO: Former NFL Player Exposes Himself to Stunned Woman in Hotel Pool
Former NFL player Antonio Brown exposed his genitals to shocked onlookers at an outdoor pool in Dubai.
The video of the May 14 incident was obtained by the New York Post and released on Saturday.
Antonio Brown exposed himself and shoved his bare ass in a face of a woman at the outdoor pool at the Armani Hotel Dubai on May 14.
The woman could be seen trying to swim away from Antonio Brown as onlookers egged him on and laughed.
Antonio Brown then grabs the woman and throws her head first into the water.
The stunned woman swam away and reportedly complained about Brown to the hotel staff.
The two did not know each other prior to the incident.
Brown was eventually asked to leave the hotel, the New York Post reported.
According to The Post, when asked about his stripping antics, Antonio Brown text messaged a reporter Saturday: “do what u got to do p—y u white boys dead already.”
The New York Post reported:
Embattled All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown was caught on video shoving his bare buttocks into the face of a stunned woman in a outdoor swimming pool at a swanky Dubai hotel – and then lifting his manhood out of the water and whipping it in her direction, as wide-eyed vacationers watched in shock.
Eyewitnesses said Brown — whose previous off-the-field antics have gotten him into hot water with the league and the law and who remains an NFL free agent after bizarrely quitting on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the middle of a game last season — had just met the woman and she was fuming after the encounter.
In one video, Brown — who is apparently nude aside from gold chains around his neck — is huddled at the edge of the pool with the woman.
He then plants both hands on the pool’s deck to lift himself out of the water twice – sticking his butt in the woman’s face both times.
In the second video, Brown appears to startle the woman when he tries to tie a head scarf around her head. She’s able to snap off the scarf, which witnesses said he snatched from another swimmer.
Leaning along the edge of the pool’s interior, Brown then grabs his penis, and briefly yanks it out of the water in the direction of the woman, causing another man sitting and observing poolside to scream: “Oh my God!”
Last Text Message News Anchor Sent Fiance Before Suicide Revealed
The last text message from Wisconsin TV news anchor Neena Pacholke before her suicide last month was sent to her fiancee.
Pacholke, who was a morning news anchor at WAOW News 9 in Wausau, Wisconsin, texted her fiancee Kyle Haase when he was driving to see family in Minnesota before dying, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
“I love you Kyle. I always have and always will,” Pacholke said in a text to Haase. “Despite how much you ruined me, I always had hope. I’m so sorry to do this to you but I can’t handle any of this pain anymore.”
Haase had called police to have them do a wellness check on Pacholke, with him reportedly texting her that police had arrived, and then texting, “If you don’t answer they are going to open the door on their own.” Police were unable to get to Pacholke before she died.
The couple had various troubles and several arguments, eventually leading to Pacholke’s feelings of desperation, according to the report. She had reportedly texted her sister about how much Haase “hates” her.
“He told me he hates me and will feel like a million bucks once I am out of his life,” Pacholke texted her sister.
Pacholke grew up in Tampa, Florida, and attended the University of South Florida. She joined the news team at WAOW in 2017. Pacholke was 27 when she died on Aug. 27.
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FOX5 Anchor Faith Gantner, 31, Dies After Nearly Year-Long Cancer Battle
A beloved FOX5 news anchor has died after an 11-month battle with a rare type of blood cancer.
Faith Rempe, known across the northeastern Michigan airwaves as Faith Gantner, died on Wednesday. She was 31.
WNEM TV 5 announced her death on Thursday, tweeting: “It is with heavy hearts we share the passing of former TV5 reporter and weekend anchor Faith Rempe, also known as Faith Gantner when she worked here from 2013-2016.”
Her heartbroken husband, Kurt, mourned his wife’s death but celebrated the fact that she “no longer has any pain.”
“While we are devastated that we will no longer have her beautiful smiling face near us, we can celebrate the fact that we know she no longer has any pain and we will see her again in eternity,” Kurt wrote in a Facebook post.
“We ask for your continued prayers during this difficult time for our family as we start our grieving process.”
Gantner grew up in Midland, Michigan, earning a broadcasting degree from Central Michigan University.
She began working with WNEM TV 5 in 2013 and stayed on at the outlet until she married her husband.
The couple relocated to Las Vegas in 2016, where they both worked for the Fox 5 station.
The 31-year-old reporter was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer called Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) last October – just one month after giving birth to her second son.
At the time of her diagnosis, Faith told the Midland Daily News: “It was very shocking.
“It was pretty hard to take in.”
She documented her health battle on her Facebook page, Faith’s Fight.
Faith received a bone marrow transplant in April after finding a match.
She battled various complications in the months following but shared in a late July update that she was cancer-free.
But weeks later, she landed back in the hospital with more complications, according to a post from her husband’s Facebook page.
A GoFundMe page had also been started to support Faith in her battle.
More than $33,000 was raised to help the family during her treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.
DOJ Makes New Request Over Trump’s Special Master in Mar-a-Lago FBI Probe
The Department of Justice is seeking an expedited appeal of the Southern District of Florida Judge Aileen M. Cannon’s decision to appoint a special master to review the documents seized by the FBI during its search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.
In a Friday filing with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the Department of Justice is proposing that the appeal’s legal briefing conclude by Nov. 14, with oral arguments afterwards, according to Politico.
In the filing, the Department of Justice argues that it is unable to examine records taken from Trump’s Florida estate that may constitute as evidence of crimes.
“The government is thus unable to examine records that were commingled with materials bearing classification markings, including records that may shed light on, for example, how the materials bearing classification markings were transferred to Plaintiff’s residence, how they were stored, and who may have accessed them,” DOJ officials wrote in the appeal. “The records not marked as classified may also constitute evidence of potential violations…”
DOJ officials also stated in the filing that an expedited appeal “if successful” would allow the government to “more quickly resume its full investigation without restraints on its review and use of evidence seized pursuant to a lawful search warrant.
The Justice Department initially informed the U.S. District Judge from the Southern District of Florida Judge Aileen M. Cannon on Sept. 8 of its decision to appeal.
Agents from the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago on Aug. 8 and seized items, including 11 sets of material that it contends are listed as classified, as well as some that were marked as top secret.
Trump has denied that any of the materials in his possession at Mar-a-Lago were classified.
WATCH: Audience Reaction When Maher Suggests Dropping VP in 2024 Says It All
“Real Time” host Bill Maher suggested that President Biden should cut Vice President Kamala Harris from the Democratic ticket if he chooses to seek reelection.
During a panel discussion Friday night, Maher addressed the “paradox” among Democrats who approve of Biden’s job as president yet don’t want him to run in 2024.
But Maher insisted that Biden “is not giving it up,” comparing him to Dracula for crossing “oceans of time” to become president.
“Once you have that real estate, and you wake up in the White House, and your office is the Oval, I just don’t think you give it up,” Maher said. “It’s very hard to take away the nomination from the president, a sitting president.”
“What I could see is replacing the vice president,” Maher continued, which immediately sparked applause from his liberal audience. “Because she’s just not very popular anywhere. And it didn’t seem to work out. And, I don’t know, that’s been done before on a ticket.”
The Atlantic staff writer Caitlin Flanagan pointed to Tulsi Gabbard’s brutal takedown of Harris during the Democratic primary debates over her incarceration record as California’s attorney general, calling the now-retired Hawaii congresswoman a “heat-seeking missile,” telling Maher “that was the end” of Harris’s presidential campaign.
“In addition, for some reason, an off-putting person, she also has, I think, a lot of baggage that wouldn’t do well under a lot of scrutiny” Flanagan said.
“I just think she’s a bad politician,” Maher responded. “I think she’s a very bright person, but I don’t know- I can see them doing that because a lot of the problem with ‘Biden being old’ is- oh, if he dies, then you’re going to get this person.”
CNN contributor Van Jones defended Harris, suggesting she hasn’t “found her footing” yet as VP but that she “wouldn’t be a weight on the ticket.”
Maher went on to complain that the “problem” for the Democratic Party is that they’re “so boxed in by identity politics” that it’d be impossible for the ticket to not have either a woman, a person of color or “a deaf Eskimo.”
"She's just not very popular, anywhere," Maher said. "I just think she's a bad politician." pic.twitter.com/9ySjNONSKq
— Bob Brigham (@BobBrigham) October 1, 2022
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