Chicago 7 prosecutor: 'They were going to try to destroy our trial. And they did a damn good job'
CHICAGO — Even five decades later, former federal prosecutor Dick Schultz has a pretty good idea of when the legendary Chicago 7 trial started to go off the rails: during the testimony of the very first witness.That day in September 1969, U.S. District Judge Julius Hoffman halted the trial after he was informed that a juror had received a threatening letter purportedly sent from the Black Panthers. Hoffman, famous for his ironclad control of his courtroom, told attorneys from both sides to keep the information to themselves so he could question the juror in private, Schultz told the Chicago Tr...
'Proud Boys' voter intimidation emails to Florida students spur FBI investigation
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A string of voter intimidation emails that were purportedly sent by the Proud Boys, a self-described militia group, were reported to state and federal law enforcement officials on Tuesday morning, according to Alachua Supervisor of Elections Kim Barton.Alachua County officials were made aware of the emails on Tuesday morning. In one of the emails, the sender told a voter to “vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you,” according to a copy obtained by the Miami Herald.“Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will ...
Justice Department offers to assist in training Minneapolis police
MINNEAPOLIS — The U.S. Department of Justice has offered to partner with the Minneapolis Police Department as part of a new nationwide program to provide training to police forces across the country, reduce excessive force and build community safety.Justice officials from Washington, D.C., announced the Law Enforcement Training and Technical Assistance Response Center at a news conference Tuesday morning, responding to months of civil unrest that began with the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last May.Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, appearing at the news confe...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Trump revels in 'lock her up' chant aimed at Michigan Gov. Whitmer just days after foiled kidnap plot
Trump supporters chanted “Lock her up!” Saturday when the president ranted about Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at a rally just 10 days after white supremacists were busted for a kidnapping plot targeting her.At a rally in Muskegon, Michigan, President Donald Trump grinned as the #MAGA throng ate up his denunciations of Whitmer over the restrictions she imposed to limit the spread of coronavirus in the hard-hit state.“You gotta get your governor to open up your state,” Trump told thousands of cheering backers.That’s when the crowd started chanting, “Lock her up!”The president made no effort to...
New York Daily News
Arrest warrants issued for fugitive Hong Kong activists Nathan Law and Sunny Cheung over banned Tiananmen vigil
A Hong Kong court has issued arrest warrants for fugitive pro-democracy activists Nathan Law and Sunny Cheung, after they failed to attend a hearing on Thursday linked to a banned Tiananmen Massacre vigil held on June 4.Law and Cheung – who have fled the city in light of the Beijing-imposed national security law – were among 26 pro-democracy figures accused of inciting people to take part or knowingly taking part in an unauthorised assembly in Victoria Park. Veteran activist Lee Cheuk-yan faces a separate charge of holding such an activity.Hong Kong has since 1989 held an annual commemoration ...
Hong Kong Free Press
FBI agent: Plot suspects talked about 'taking out' Virginia's governor, leaving Whitmer on lake
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Members of an alleged conspiracy to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also talked about leaving her in the middle of Lake Michigan and “taking out” a second politician, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, an FBI agent testified Tuesday.FBI Special Agent Richard Trask identified the Virginia governor, also a Democrat, during a hearing in federal court in Grand Rapids that ended with a magistrate judge ordering Waterford resident Kaleb Franks jailed without bond, calling him a danger to the community. Bond decisions are expected for two other members later Tuesday.“They discus...
The Detroit News
FBI agent: Suspects wanted to take Whitmer out on boat and leave her in Lake Michigan
DETROIT — The accused ringleader in the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wanted to “take her out on a boat and leave her in the middle of Lake Michigan,” an FBI agent testified Tuesday.FBI Special Agent Richard Trask agent told a federal judge in detail how more than a dozen self-identified militia members plotted to kidnap the Michigan governor as part of a violent revolt against the government that included “firebombing” police cars in a parking lot.Trask identified 37-year-old Adam Fox as the ringleader of the group, and said that Fox ordered two surveillance operations of Whitmer’s vac...
Detroit Free Press
'Honest Thief' review: Liam Neeson, with heart. And more homemade explosives.
In “Honest Thief,” in theaters this Friday if you’re good with that, Liam Neeson portrays a softer, PG-13-rated side of the morally righteous lone wolves running through his 21st century movie career. His character this time is a retired bank robber, renewed by the love of a good woman (Kate Walsh, as a storage locker facility manager studying for a graduate degree in psychology) but inconveniently framed for murder by a couple of bad apples in the FBI.The key moment arrives when Tom Carter, the Neeson character, has just had it with the weaselly feds trying to steal the $9 million he stole. T...
Whitmer kidnap plot suspects face steep fight for bond
DETROIT — Former prosecutors and defense lawyers say there is almost no chance five men accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and overthrow the government will be released on bond during court hearings Tuesday.The circumstances of an alleged plot to kidnap Whitmer, kill police officers and hatch a widespread bombing campaign in hopes of sparking a civil war likely will convince a federal magistrate judge to keep the five men in jail pending trial, legal experts said.The detention hearings in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Berens in federal court in Grand Rapids will mark th...
The Detroit News
Michigan law enforcement on alert in response to 'plan to target and kill police'
DETROIT — Michigan law enforcement is on high alert after the FBI revealed an alleged plot by extremist groups to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also involved a “plan to target and kill police.”“We’re cautious. We’re absolutely more careful,” said First Lt. Mike Shaw of the Michigan State Police. “This is one of the tactics these anti-government, domestic terrorism groups use. Law enforcement is the face of the government. if you’re mad at the government, you’re mad at the police.”The alleged plot was unveiled last Thursday when the U.S. Department of Justice charged six men with conspiracy to k...
Detroit Free Press