Bisexual ‘neo-Nazi’ convicted of terrorism over Gay Pride attack plan

Stables was convicted of preparing an act of terrorism, making threats to kill and possessing explosives. Armed police swooped on Stables as he walked towards the New Empire pub in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, which was hosting a Gay Pride event last June.

Leeds Crown Court heard Stables was planning to use an axe and a machete during the attack, but the plan was foiled after he told people about it on Facebook.

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Officers received a tip-off from a member of a far-right group on the site, where Stables had posted a message saying he was “going to war” and planned to “slaughter.” The right-wing extremist had a swastika hanging on his bedroom wall and bought a new Nazi armband after his was confiscated by police.

Stables made a series of chilling Google searches including “I want to go on a killing spree,” the court was told.

A video was shown in court of him saying “gays look nicer on fire” as he burned the rainbow flag. He claimed in court he had been too scared to reveal his sexuality because his parents “would be disgusted” and said he had had sexual experiences with men.

Jurors also heard Stables was interested in the Columbine High School massacre and had been expelled from school following an incident in which he put another pupil in a headlock.

He became radicalized after a trip to Germany to see a young woman, his mother said. Stables claimed he was “brainwashed” by right-wing extremists he met when he lived in hostels.

He was described by his barrister as “lonely and inadequate” and as having an autistic spectrum condition.

Stables said in his defense that he did not intend to carry out the attack and he was simply venting his anger online. He denied he was doing a ‘recce’ of the venue when he was arrested and said he was heading out to sit outside the Jobcentre to use the free public WiFi.

Stables, of Egerton Court, Barrow-in-Furness, claimed he was a liberal and adopted a right-wing persona to fit in with people he chatted to online.

Stables was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing on Monday.

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Man Convicted Of Theft In 1976 Cleared Of Charges After Googling Officer

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Technology has changed the world. And as such, it has changed many people’s lives. However, perhaps no one’s life has changed so drastically as a result of technology than Stephen Simmons.

In June of 1976, Simmons and two friends were arrested in south London by the British Transport Police. They were accused of stealing mailbags in south London. The Guardian reports that Simmons and his friends were allowed to see a duty solicitor who told them that if they said the police were liars, they would sit in jail for “a long time.”

Despite the warnings, all three men pleaded not guilty yet, they were convicted. As a result, Simmons served eight months in Suffolk. Reportedly, the incident has haunted him ever since. Only recently did he tell his grown-up daughters about the ordeal.

Four years ago, Simmons received “friendly advice” by barrister Daniel Barnett on the LBC radio’s legal advice program. He was told to Google the name of his arresting officer if he wished to overturn his conviction, so he did exactly that. Simmons did not expect anything to emerge, but was surprised to learn that Ridgewell himself was jailed for seven years for mailbag thefts totaling a whopping £300,000 in 1980. He died in prison in 1982.

“I was gobsmacked,” said Simmons. He then took his case to the criminal cases review commission whose “meticulous research” led to an appeal. Speaking for Simmons, Steven Powles said: “Mr Simmons has been waiting for 43 years for this day.”

Lord Burnett, the lord chief justice, acknowledged case worker Adam Bell’s “remarkable” efforts and expressed regret about the court’s prior decision. Lord Burnett said the evidence was “extremely telling … It is an exceptional case”.

It was also revealed in court that Ridgewell was responsible for a series of cases in which young black men were falsely accused of mugging patrons on the London Underground. Ridgewell’s behavior was so inflammatory, the book Black for a Cause was written and in it, Ridgewell’s long history of “fit-ups” exposed.

After having the charges cleared, Simmons told the press: “This is one of the happiest days of my life. It has hardly sunk in but I am not a criminal any more. I can hold my head up high.

“One of the hardest things for me was that my parents did not believe me because they were of the generation that believed that the police could not lie,” he added.

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Convicted murderer attacks 7 French prison guards amid protests for extra security

The inmate, whose name hasn’t been released, attacked seven prison guards in Mont-de-Marsan prison in the southwest department of Landes on Monday afternoon, France Info radio network reported, citing local SNP-FO prison union. At least five guards received various injuries, including broken bones, the union added. A female guard was among those injured. It’s not yet clear if the convict used a weapon to attack the guards.

The attack took place when prisoners were doing sports, Fabrice Cologni, a local secretary of the union, said. A search of the convict’s bag provoked the incident, the prison administration said, adding that the prisoner was transferred to the disciplinary section of the facility.

The incident comes days after a former senior Al-Qaeda member, 51-year-old Christian Ganczarski, attacked and injured guards with scissors and a razor blade at the high-security prison in Vendin-le-Vieil. Ganczarski allegedly learnt that he might face extradition to the US in connection with investigations into the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Following the incident, hundreds of prison officers protested across France to demand tighter security around dangerous inmates. “We have between 4,000 and 5,000 assaults of staff per year, about 20 episodes of hostage-taking of staff. When will it stop? When someone is killed?” the secretary-general of UFAP-UNSA prison union, Jean-François Forget, told Europe 1 on Sunday.

The intense protests resulted in the resignation of the head of the Vendin-le-Vieil prison. The Ufap-Unsa, CGT-Penitentiary and FO-Penitentiary unions called for more protests on Tuesday.

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Germany Won’t Deport Convicted Jihadi Because It’s Against His Human Rights

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The government has stopped the deportation of a jihadi scumbag to Turkey for fear he may be tortured when he arrives there – he has been found guilty of supporting a banned terror group in a German court.

He travelled abroad to Syria to join a banned terror group. There is an outstanding court case against him in Turkey where he also faces terror charges.

But he submitted a letter from Amnesty International detailing one jihadis experience in a Turkish prison, which allegedly involved torture and horrendous living conditions.

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WATCH: Man Wrongly Convicted For 31 Years is Asking The State For $1 Million


Days after Gov. Bill Haslam exonerated a Wilson County man who was wrongfully convicted of rape and burglary, his lawyers have asked the state for $1 million in damages.

Lawrence McKinney, 61, was convicted in Memphis in 1978 and spent more than 31 years in prison before new DNA evidence led the court to overturn the conviction in 2009. His charges were expunged and he was released from prison.

Despite the legal vindication, McKinney could not ask the Tennessee Board of Claims for compensation without executive exoneration. It is typical for exonerated people to apply for and receive money if they served time on an overturned conviction.

After Haslam granted exoneration on Dec. 20, McKinney’s attorneys David Raybin and Jack Lowery announced their intention to ask for $1 million, the maximum possible compensation allowed under a state law passed in 2004. They filed their request with the Board of Claims Thursday morning.

In an interview, Raybin described the money as recognition of “all the things that you lose” if you are forced to spend time behind bars for a crime you didn’t commit, from income to family memories.

“A person is deprived of their life and freedom,” Raybin said. “In my view Mr McKinney is entitled to far more than $1 million based on what’s happened to him.”

In the request for compensation, Raybin and Lowery point out that other exonerated Tennesseans have received between $37,000 and $71,000 per year of wrongful imprisonment. Using a similar scale would easily put McKinney’s compensation at the legal maximum of $1 million.

McKinney’s pastor has said the money could go toward a home or mission trips for McKinney and his wife.

Haslam’s decision was a dramatic twist in an eight-year effort to secure exoneration and a financial settlement.

The Tennessee Board of Parole recommended against exoneration shortly after he was released, and then-Gov. Phil Bredesen did not act on the application. The parole board voted against recommending exoneration a second time in 2016, but Haslam granted the request anyway, saying he would honor the criminal court’s decision to overturn the conviction.

“I absolutely applaud the governor, but it was what, a six or seven year struggle?” Raybin said. “The process is so slow and cumbersome.”

Raybin said that, moving forward, he’d like to see state lawmakers tweak the law to streamline the process to receive exoneration. While he said the governor should always be allowed to intervene, he wanted to see more people automatically receive exoneration when their convictions are overturned.

Raybin also said the state’s $1 million cap for compensation should shift up to reflect cost-of-living increases.

Lawmaker Mark Pody, who recently won a special state Senate election, has drafted a bill that would enable someone to be exonerated based on a judge’s ruling if they are cleared through DNA evidence after 25 years or more in prison. The bill stalled in 2017 but could be revived.

Source: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/wilson/2017/12/28/he-wrongly-convicted-and-spent-31-years-prison-now-hes-asking-state-1-million/985531001/

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Egypt hangs 4 men convicted of deadly 2014 bombing – sources

Egypt has hanged four people who were convicted of killing three military students in a 2014 bomb attack, Reuters reported citing security sources. The executions took place in Borg al-Arab prison, west of the city of Alexandria. The 2014 bombing took place in the town of Kafr al-Sheikh during violence that followed the ouster of then-President Mohamed Morsi.

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Cop Convicted of Making Child Porn Given $56K by Dept & Allowed to Retire

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When a police officer is found creating child pornography involving girls as young as 13 years old, and he pleads guilty to sexually exploiting a child in court, it may seem logical that he would be fired from his department. However, in the case of one detective, he received more than $56,000 in back pay and was allowed to retire.

Harry McCarthy, 57, was a detective for the police department in Ogdensburg, New York, for 30 years. His career came to a halt in 2015, after his conduct became the topic of a joint investigation by the New York State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

McCarthy was indicted in 2016 by a federal grand jury on charges of sexually exploiting a child for the purpose of creating child pornography and for distributing, receiving, possessing and transporting child pornography. He is also facing state felony charges of “possessing and promoting a sexual performance of a child after he allegedly uploaded a picture to his personal e-mail account of a young girl having sex with an adult male,” according to a report WWNYTV News.

The alleged conduct took place in 2013 and 2014, and the indictment claims that McCarthy groomed a 13-year-old girl and persuaded her to engage in “sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of creating images.”

New York Upstate reported that McCarthy was arrested “after Google alerted authorities that an image depicting child pornography had been uploaded through its servers.” Investigators were able to trace the image to McCarthy’s home, and after executing a search, they found the images on his laptop.

Investigators claim that McCarthy had a total of 36 photos of the young girl on his laptop, and 29 of the images were considered “pornographic.” The majority of the photos were taken while the girl was sleeping, and investigators claimed that McCarthy “moved the girl’s underwear to expose her as he took photos.” They also claim that McCarthy was using “a computer program, ‘Join Me,’ to share child pornography over the internet.”

McCarthy pleaded guilty to the charges this week, and he is facing 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on April 18. When the investigation concluded, and McCarthy was first arrested in August 2015, he was suspended from his position as a detective at the Ogdensburg Police Department.

However, he continued to receive his salary, and even though he was facing charges of creating, distributing and possessing child pornography while on the job as a police officer, he still received $56,000 in pay from the city while on suspension, before retiring in June 2017.

The idea that a police officer was given $56,000 while he was suspended, and still allowed to retire, even after pleading guilty to the charges, may seem shocking, but unfortunately, his despicable behavior is not uncommon.

As The Free Thought Project has reported, the number of police officers discovered creating or possessing child pornography on the job, is a problem across the country. In 2017 alone, a police sergeant was found possessing and attempting to receive child pornography in April; a school resource officer was found possessing a trove of graphic child pornography in August; and a network of police officers were found raping the cadets in their Police Explorers program and filming it to create child porn in October.

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Couple Beaten, Arrested, & CONVICTED Until Body Cam Footage Proved Their Innocence

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Topeka, KS — An innocent couple was attacked by police at their own home, the man thrown to the ground, beaten, both of them arrested, tried, and convicted and the body camera footage that proved their innocence was withheld from their defense. Now, for the first time since that fateful night in September 2014, the video has been publicly released showing the dark side of corrupt and violent cops.

Arthur Morris had done nothing wrong the night police showed up at his house and was merely trying to smoke a cigarette on his own porch when he was accosted by multiple cops.

Police were not supposed to be there. In fact, Morris told them that he had not called 911 and none of his neighbors had either. Someone in the area had allegedly called 911 and hung up, but police never told the couple this fact.

In spite of having no reason to believe Morris or his partner Jeanie Becerra had committed a crime, the cops proceeded to get violent.

One belligerent cop then grabbed Morris, threw him to the ground and proceeded to start dropping fists into the innocent man’s head and back.

“I didn’t do nothing wrong,” Morris can be heard yelling in the disturbing body camera footage.

“I can’t breathe. I have asthma. …” Morris yells at other parts of the video. “I don’t stretch that far. Please stop. … I didn’t do nothing wrong guys. You just … threw me down for trying to light my cigarette.”

Morris and Becerra would then both be arrested and were eventually convicted on charges ranging from assaulting an officer, disobeying an officer, disturbing the peace and interfering with law enforcement—all bogus charges stemming from an illegal police encounter.

They had committed no crime. But it was their word against the police—and the police controlled the narrative—going so far as to illegally keep the body camera footage from being presented in court.

Eventually, the footage would be seen by the judge who would immediately vacate their sentences. However, it was not released in time to make a difference before their trial.

According to a report in the Kansas City Star,

After a judge had found both Morris and Becerra guilty on all counts, Luther Ganieany, a Topeka police legal advisor, raised concerns to the judge that the footage contradicted testimony given by officers. He requested that the judge reconsider the convictions.

 

Officers with the Topeka Police Department knew about the contents of the video in late September 2014, more than a month before the trial, Ganieany wrote in a motion.

 

But the department didn’t make the video available to the prosecution until just one hour before the trial “and made no indication that there was anything inconsistent with the officer’s report on the video,” Ganieany wrote.

 

The officers had no reasonable suspicion to confront Morris at his home, he wrote. The dispatcher had called back after the 911 hangup and the person had said there was no emergency.

As was decided in the Supreme Court case of Brady v. Maryland, a prosecutor in a case must disclose evidence or information that would prove the innocence of the defendant or would enable the defense to more effectively impeach the credibility of government witnesses.

This did not happen, and, as a result, two innocent people were convicted of crimes they did not commit.

In spite of clearly violating the Brady disclosure, no one was held accountable. The office simply got a class on the law they broke.

“The office did some internal training on Brady requirements … following this incident,” Ganieany said of the incident.

Not only was the prosecution cleared of any wrongdoing, but none of the officers who attacked, wrongly arrested, and lied about an innocent couple were held accountable either.

The beating and arrest were reviewed by the Shawnee County District Attorney, but none of the three officers on the scene faced any criminal repercussions, according to Ganieany.

The criminal officers who ruined an innocent couple’s lives are currently on normal duty.

Below is a video that illustrates two very powerful points. The first point is that cops lie. They will weave this web of lies to then cover up evidence of their horrific crimes against innocent people.

The second point proves that body cameras are only effective when the videos they record are in the hands of honest people. In this case, that did not happen.

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Cop Convicted of Statutory Rape After Impregnating 13-Year-Old Tried to Contact Victim From Prison


A former North Carolina police officer who is serving time behind bars for statutory rape after impregnating a young teen is now adding insult to injury and has attempted to contact his victim, violating the restrictions set up by his plea agreement, authorities say.

According to the Gaston Gazette, James “Paul” Blair, 52, who is serving out a 12-year prison sentence, sent a letter to a family member in an attempt to get the message to the teen.

The victim’s mother, Karen Vaughn, told the news site that her daughter became sickened by these attempts at contact and had to be hospitalized.

“I have begged and I have asked for them to stop and they never stopped,” Vaughn said. “I called the prison several times and said there’s letters getting out. … Every time I try to push this back out of my mind, he just continuously does this. This child is [now] 15 years old. This has made her sick.”

District Attorney Locke Bell confirmed that corrections officials have told him a similar account, but it will be up to them to decide how the violation could impact Blair’s sentence. The Gazette notes that the maximum term on his plea agreement is nearly 20 years.

“I was amazed that he was stupid enough to do it,” Bell said.

Department of Public Safety officials declined to go into detail but said that the violation was a class B offense. But even before his conviction, Vaughn had claimed that Blair had attempted to contact her daughter while in jail.

Blair, a former officer with the Lowell, N.C., Police Department, was actually meant to be a mentor to the girl, who did have some troubles, but ended up abusing the child’s trust and taking advantage of her.

He took his sick ploy a step further in his repeated attempts to contact the already distressed teen.

“It makes me want to kill him,” the outraged mother said. “Whatever with jail. Jail doesn’t mean anything. The man is still doing it. Apparently he’s getting by with everything.”

Source: https://www.theroot.com/former-cop-convicted-of-statutory-rape-after-impregnati-1821225699

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Sicko Cop Convicted of Making Child Porn While On Duty, Using Police Equipment

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A former Florida police sergeant is facing up to 120 years in prison after he was found guilty of producing, possessing and accessing child pornography—all while he was on duty, using equipment provided by his department.

Kyle A. Kirby, 37, was charged after an investigation into his patrol car computer in October 2015 revealed images showing young children involved in sex acts. The investigation concluded that Kirby had been using the computer to “download and store child pornography” since at least December 2014. A report from News4Jax noted:

“According to court documents, FBI agents and other law enforcement officers searched Kirby’s residence as the result of an online child pornography investigation. That same morning, the Live Oak police chief authorized the agents to inspect and search the computer located inside Kirby’s patrol car.

 

A forensic examination of the patrol car computer used by Kirby revealed that it contained at least 87 thumbnail images that either depicted minor children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including one involving a toddler, or that had titles indicative of child pornography. In addition, the Internet browser history on the computer contained search terms commonly used by individuals who search for child pornography online.”

A statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, published by the Bradenton Herlad, noted that evidence of child porn was also found on Kirby’s police desktop computer, where investigators “found images of children naked or partially undressed after using a concealed camera to film unsuspecting children.”

Kirby appears to have used a concealed camera, transferred the images to the computer, and then attempted to delete them. However, investigators were able to recover the pornographic images, and the statement noted that they were found in “folders named for some of his victims.”

Live Oak Police Department Chief Alton Williams said in a statement that he had considered Kirby to be “a trusted friend” in the past and that this was the “most difficult situation” he has faced during his time as a police officer.

“I have been in law enforcement for 30 years, and this has been the most difficult situation I have faced. A trusted friend, officer and protector of the public betrayed all facets of the job he swore to do. I realize that mistakes happen, but this was no mistake it was a choice, a choice that has impacted not only his agency, but his trusted friends, family, and community to include all brothers and sisters of the badge. I am appreciative of the F.B.I, the U.S Attorney’s Office and all others involved. Justice did prevail.”

As The Free Thought Project has reported, this is not the first time a police officer was discovered with child pornography. In 2017 alone, a police sergeant was found possessing and attempting to receive child pornography in April; a school resource officer was found possessing a trove of graphic child pornography in August; and a network of police officers were found raping the cadets in their Police Explorers program and filming it to create child porn in October.

Kyle Kirby has been in custody since he was first arrested on Oct. 28, 2015. He faces a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 120 years in prison, and his sentencing hearing has not been set.

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