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Illegal immigrant acquitted in Steinle killing accuses feds of ‘vindictive prosecution’

Jose Garcia-Zarate, the illegal immigrant who was acquitted in the death of 32-year-old Kate Steinle in December, is accusing the federal government of “vindictive prosecution and collusion” in its decision to pursue further charges against him.

Jose Garcia-Zarate, the illegal immigrant

Jose Garcia-Zarate, the illegal immigrant who was acquitted in the death of 32-year-old Kate Steinle in December,

Calif. judge bars LA from enforcing gang restrictions that authorities credited with reducing crime

The city of Los Angeles has been barred from enforcing the vast majority of its gang injunctions, which applied restrictions on gang associations that authorities have long credited with reducing crime.

The ruling Thursday by U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips, an appointee of former President Bill Clinton, agreed with the American Civil Liberties Union that the injunctions were likely to be unconstitutionally broad, and affect people who did not have adequate opportunity to challenge them in court.

California teacher put on leave for asking if schools would allow walkouts to protest abortion

California high school history teacher Julianne Benzel was put on paid leave after questioning in front of her students whether school administrations would let a group of students protesting abortion walk out of class in the middle of the school day like they did with students who did so on Wednesday in protests over school shootings.

Court case: Can California force anti-abortion clinics to distribute pro-abortion information?

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear whether the law violates the First Amendment, The Associated Press reported. The case will not deal with whether a woman has the right to an abortion.

The outcome could, however, impact practices in other states. In some states, for example, doctors are required to explain a sonogram and fetus development to women considering an abortion.

Student with ‘Trump’ flag assaulted by mob during National School Walkout

A student at a Minneapolis high school was assaulted by a mob of students after he carried a pro-Trump flag during the National School Walkout on Wednesday, police said.

The attack took place while students at Southwest High School were supposed to be observing a moment of silence to commemorate the 17 students and teachers who died in the Parkland, Fla. shooting last month, WCCO reported.

Behind Cruz’s Florida Rampage, Obama’s School-Leniency Policy

Despite committing a string of arrestable offenses on campus before the Florida school shooting, Nikolas Cruz was able to escape the attention of law enforcement, pass a background check and purchase the weapon he used to slaughter three staff members and 14 fellow students because of Obama administration efforts to make school discipline more lenient.

Documents reviewed by RealClearInvestigations and interviews show that his school district in Florida’s Broward County was in the vanguard of a strategy, adopted by more than 50 other major school districts nationwide, allowing thousands of troubled, often violent, students to commit crimes without legal consequence. The aim was to slow the “school-to-prison pipeline.”

Capitol Police Arrested Male Dem Operative For Assaulting Female Trump Admin Official

The assault happened after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke finished testifying on the department’s 2019 budget proposal before the House Committee on Natural Resources.

The suspect identified himself as a reporter with American Bridge and pushed a female Interior Department communications official to the floor, chasing after Zinke, The Daily Caller News Foundation learned.

‘God Bless You’ Listed among Anti-Muslim ‘Microaggressions’

The list, compiled by a group of college librarians in Boston, also counts ‘Merry Christmas’ as an offensive phrase.

According to an “Anti-Oppression Library Guide” written by a group of librarians at Simmons College in Boston, “saying ‘God bless you’ after someone sneezes” is a microaggression against Muslim people.

Two Million Americans Got Off Food Stamps In Trump’s First Year

The number of food stamp dependent Americans hit a six-year low in President Donald Trump’s first year in office, reflecting an improving economy and falling unemployment, according to a U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) report.

State Police: hacker tried to extort nude photos from over 20 female victims

DANIELSON – Connnecticut State Police have arrested a Brooklyn, CT man and charged him attempting to coerce local women and girls into sending him nude photos.

Christopher Lamb, age 25, of Gorman Road in Brooklyn.

Christopher Lamb, age 25, of Gorman Road in Brooklyn. charged attempting to coerce local women and girls into sending him nude photos.

Investigators say they’ve been working on the case since 2014, when they first got reports of the illegal hacking of cell phones, social media accounts and cloud storage

New Text Msgs Reveal FBI Agent was Friends with Judge in Flynn Case

The never before seen text messages, which were a part of the texts given to congress by the Department of Justice, show that FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok and his paramour FBI attorney Lisa Page discussed Strzok’s relationship with U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras, who presided over a Dec. 1, 2017 hearing where former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
Strzok was removed from Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel’s Office last year after anti-Trump text messages between him and his FBI agent lover were discovered by the DOJ’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz. But on Dec. 7, without warning, Judge Rudolph Contreras was removed as the presiding judge on Flynn’s case. Little information was given at the time as to why Contreras was removed.

German Cabinet Minister Says ‘Islam Doesn’t Belong To Germany’

A senior member of Germany’s new coalition cabinet says “Islam doesn’t belong to Germany.”

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