Source: AP News
The Justice Department has asked a federal judge overseeing the criminal case against former President Donald Trump in Washington to step in after he released a post online that appeared to promise revenge on anyone who goes after him.
Prosecutors on Friday requested that U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan issue a protective order concerning evidence in the case, a day after Trump pleaded not guilty to charges of trying to overturn his 2020 election loss and block the peaceful transition of power. The order, different from a gag order, would limit what information Trump and his legal team could share publicly about the case brought by special counsel Jack Smith.
Chutkan on Saturday gave Trumps legal team until 5 p.m. Monday to respond to the governments request. Trumps legal team, which has indicated he would look to slow the case down despite prosecutors pledge of a speedy trial, then filed a request to extend the response deadline to Thursday and to hold a hearing on the matter.
Defendant is prepared to confer in good faith regarding an appropriate protective order and hopes the government will accept his invitation to do so, wrote Trumps lawyers. They criticized prosecutors for filing their proposal without giving the two sides enough time to discuss.
Such protective orders are common in criminal cases, but prosecutors said its particularly important in this case because Trump has posted on social media about witnesses, judges, attorneys, and others associated with legal matters pending against him.
Prosecutors pointed specifically to a post on Trumps Truth Social platform from earlier Friday in which Trump wrote, in all capital letters, If you go after me, Im coming after you!
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Source: Rolling Stone
Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the Oath Keepers militia, whose members stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, has been sentenced to 18 years for seditious conspiracy. The sentence is the longest yet for a conviction on charges related to the 2021 uprising.
Rhodes was convicted last November of the plot to block, by force, the peaceful transfer of power from Donald Trump to President Biden. The trial exposed Rhodes revolutionary rhetoric in the buildup to Jan. 6 and his disregard for the lives of members of Congress who were in danger, encapsulated in his two word message to an associate: Fuck Em.
Rhodes and the Oath Keepers had stockpiled weapons in hotels outside Washington, D.C. They hoped that Trump would invoke the Insurrection Act, which they believed would empower them to become a legal militia force and take the fight to Trumps enemies. In the aftermath of the violence of Jan. 6, Rhodes would tell associates that his only regret was not bringing weapons.
Coming into the hearing, the federal government was seeking a sentence of 25 years for the Oath Keepers founder, a former paratrooper and Yale Law graduate. Rhodes had sought leniency a sentence of time served absurdly citing the public service of creating the Oath Keepers.
Read more: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/oath-keepers-stewart-rhodes-sentenced-seditious-conspiracy-1234742020/
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Abortion Wins Elections The fight to make reproductive rights the centerpiece of the Democratic Partys 2024 agenda.
he question, New York representative Shirley Chisholm declared in 1969, is not: can we justify abortions, but can we justify compulsory pregnancy?
Chisholm was speaking during the last period in this countrys history in which American lawmakers were facing the open and urgent question of how to expand access to abortion care via legislative means, though at the time it was not clear which party was going to lead the charge. Chisholms 1969 remarks survive in part because they so impressed the chair of the committee, Texas representative George H.W. Bush, that he made the unusual move of entering them into the Congressional Record, explaining that they deserve widespread attention.
Two years earlier, California governor Ronald Reagan had signed one of the countrys most liberal abortion laws, permitting therapeutic abortions in cases of rape, incest, and threat to the life of the mother. In 1970, New York decriminalized the procedure for any reason prior to the 24th week of pregnancy, and activists won similar victories in Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii with support from both sides of the aisle. That same year, the first bill to legalize abortion federally was introduced to the Senate by Oregon Republican Bob Packwood, a man who would fight vociferously for abortion access until he resigned in 1995 amid allegations of serial sexual assault and harassment.