Ohio Man Charged With Assault By Pizza On Girlfriend

JONATHAN TURLEY

kenneth-evans.pngAccording to police in Masury, Ohio, Kenneth Evans, 24, “was highly intoxicated and his mood was rapidly shifting” when he was arrested. His mug-shot might have been taken during the happy mood swing.  Evans is charged with hitting his girlfriend in the face with pizza.

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Teenager Rejects 25 Year Deal . . . Judge Gives Him 65 Years

JONATHAN TURLEY

LaKeith Smit_fittedIn Alabama, Lakeith Smith, now 18, was the subject of a troubling sentencing after declining a 25 year deal in a felony murder case. After being convicted of felony murder, burglary and theft, he was given a 65 year sentence.  Smith however did not kill A’Donte Washington, 16.  The police shot Washington as one of the men involved in the break ins.

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“I Don’t Think We’ve Seen The Bottom Yet”: Hillary Clinton Expands The List Of Other Responsible For Her Defeat While Her Unpopularity Continues At Record Levels

There’s no evidence whatsoever proving Russia had anything to do with the 2016 election, or that someone other than insiders leaked DNC, Clinton, and Podesta communications to Wikileaks. And Clinton’s continuing blame-game, self-serving, clueless, and utterly narcissistic, will continue to damage Democrats’ electoral chances.

But this is not surprise. The Clintons have never cared about the Democrat Party except as their personal piggy bank they can raid whenever they want to run for office. Their only concern is themselves.

JONATHAN TURLEY

Hillary_Clinton_Testimony_to_House_Select_Committee_on_BenghaziAfter declaring that Democrats who want her to be quiet are sexist, Hillary Clinton is back on her speaking tour blaming her defeat on everyone from the James Comey, self-hating women, Russians, Bernie Sanders, and misogynists for her defeat. Everyone except herself.  Now Clinton has added “Pizzagate” to the lengthening reasons for her defeat.

Clinton continues (with Nancy Pelosi) to be the rallying cry for independents and Republicans moving into the midterm elections. Clinton has been told that she is hurting Democratic efforts to retake Congress but has refused to yield to the calls of various Democratic leaders as we discussed earlier.  In the meantime, Clinton now stands alone among former presidential candidates who have uniformly become more popular after their losses.  Clinton is the only one who has become even more unpopular.  The reason is likely her unsuccessful effort to shift the blame for her loss against the second…

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Clinton: People Calling For Me “To Go Away” Are Sexist

JONATHAN TURLEY

Hillary_Clinton_Testimony_to_House_Select_Committee_on_BenghaziAfter a year of blaming sexism for her defeat, Hillary Clinton argued this week that people begging her to stop her public appearances are themselves sexist despite former supporters among those objecting to the negative impact that she is having on efforts to regain power.  Even her most passionate supporters like Sen. Claire McCaskill have publicly rebuked her.   Clinton refuses to acknowledge polls from before her nomination showing that she was the most unpopular candidate to run for president in history.  Nevertheless, Democratic members and power brokers forced through the nomination — ultimately losing to the second most unpopular candidate to ever run, Donald Trump.  Virtually any other leading Democrat would have likely won the election but Clinton has struggled to blame others — including self-hating women — for her loss.

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Federal Court Permits Emoluments Challenge To Move Forward

JONATHAN TURLEY

1600_executive_branchA federal judge issued a surprising decision that allowed part of an emoluments challenge to proceed toward trial.  The opinion has been widely misreported, but still represents a rare win for those arguing that President Donald Trump is accepting prohibited payments from foreign governments at the various Trump properties.  However, the decision is only on the threshold standing question and did not address the merits of the constitutional claim.  Moreover, United States District Judge Peter Messitte dramatically narrowed the action to only claims related to the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C.  These is considerable debate over the meaning of the Constitution’s “emoluments” clause.  There are clearly good-faith arguments that such payments fall within the meaning of the language, but I remain highly skeptical.  Even with the much reduced action, I think Messitte is wrong and that the action should have been dismissed in its entirety.  Previous actions have been dismissed

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In the Wake Of Stormy Daniels: Trump Must Face A Credible Threat From An Incredible Character

I doubt Drumpf, a serial liar himself, has brains enough to tell the truth and avoid a Clinton-esque scandal. But those wishing for this to lead to impeachment are living in La-La-Land: Republicans never hold themselves to the same standards as they hold Democrats guilty of similar offenses, and while Drumpf is useful to them in implementing their depraved agenda, they will not dare go after him.

JONATHAN TURLEY

donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedBelow is my column in The Hill Newspaper on the potential legal fallout from the Stormy Daniels interview on CBS 60 Minutes.  Notably, yesterday the White House again expressly denied not just the “allegations” but specifically the allegation that President Donald Trump had a sexual tryst with the porn star.  That direct denial is precisely what I have warned against in this and other columns.  While the Daniels matter is not currently on the table with the Special Counsel, the worsening situation only reinforces why I believe Trump should close the deal on a sit down on the four prior subject matters lead out by Robert Mueller.  Notably, my repeatedly stated view that Trump should sever any ties with his radioactive personal counsel Michael Cohen does not appear likely since Trump just arranged a dinner with Cohen at Mar-a-Lago.  

Here is the column:

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“Revenge Rape”: Pakistani Council Orders Sisters of Accused Rapist To Be Raped As Punishment

JONATHAN TURLEY

State_emblem_of_Pakistan.svgThere is another horrific report from Pakistan where village elders ordered a “revenge rape” as a punishment.  After a man was accused of raping a woman in Pir Mahal in the Toba Tek Singh district of Punjab province, the village council formed and ordered the sister of the accused to be raped by the brother of his victim as justice.  They all then reportedly watched the rape.

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High School Teacher In California Injures Student After Accidentally Discharging Weapon In Class

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h_butoday_Gun_violence Photo courtesy of the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office via Wikimedia Commons

In a story that is likely to resonate in the national debate over President Donald Trump’s push to get teacher’s armed in school, a teacher at Seaside High School in Sand City, Ca. injured a student when his gun discharged in a class.  Even more embarrassing is that the class was on gun safety.

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The Not-So-Friendly Skies: United Airlines Under Fire After Dog Dies In Overhead Bin

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250px-United_Airlines.svgUnited Airlines is under fire after a flight attendant ordered a pet dog to be placed in a passenger’s overhead bin on a flight from Houston.  When United Flight 1284 arrived in New York, the French Bulldog “Kokito” was found dead.  The horrific scene could well result in a tort action for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and other claims.  As a common carrier, United is subject to a high standard of care in the treatment of passengers.

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Hillary Clinton Again Claims That She Lost Because White Women Are Controlled By Their Husbands

JONATHAN TURLEY

Hillary_Clinton_Testimony_to_House_Select_Committee_on_BenghaziWe have previously discussed how Clinton has compiled  a long list of people responsible for her loss to Donald Trump with the notable exception of herself.  This includes her explanation (and her supporters) that it was not Clinton but self-hating, misogynistic women who could not vote for any woman for President.  Despite the criticism over her past statements and additional polls showing that she remains hugely unpopular with many voters (and would still lose to Trump), Clinton continues to blame others for her loss.  In a speech at the India Today Conclave, Clinton repeated her view that white women are under the thumb of their husbands and vote as they dictate.

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