Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens May Have Committed A Felony: AG

The Missouri attorney general’s office has uncovered “evidence of potential criminal acts of wrongdoing” by Gov. Eric Greitens, Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Tuesday.

At issue, Hawley said, is an electronic donor list Greitens obtained from a Missouri nonprofit called The Mission Continues. Evidence suggests Greitens unlawfully used that list to fundraise for his own political purposes, the AG said.

“[Greitens] did all of this without permission of The Mission Continues,” Hawley said at the Tuesday morning press conference. “This is known as computer tampering. Given the value of the list in question, it is a felony.”

Hawley said his office lacks the jurisdiction to prosecute the governor for the alleged crime. The AG’s office has passed the evidence along to St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, who will make the decision on whether to charge the governor, Hawley said.

As for whether the evidence is grounds for impeachment, Hawley said that’s a matter for Missouri state lawmakers to decide.

Last week, a woman who Greitens previously admitted to having an extramarital affair with in March 2015 revealed their sexual encounters weren’t always consensual and were sometimes violent.

The governor was arrested in February on charges of felony invasion of privacy related to the affair. The woman says Greitens blindfolded and took a nude photo of her without her permission, then used the photo to blackmail her into silence.

When asked about Hawley’s announcement on Tuesday, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), the vice chairman of the Senate GOP conference, said both the legislative and legal process “should be allowed” to play out.

“I believe both of those are appropriate at this moment to find out what the real facts are,” he told HuffPost.

Greitens appears in a Feb. 22 police booking photo after he was charged with felony invasion of privacy. Tuesday's announcement has to do with a separate possible felony charge over political fundraising activity. (Handout / Reuters)Greitens appears in a Feb. 22 police booking photo after he was charged with felony invasion of privacy. Tuesday's announcement has to do with a separate possible felony charge over political fundraising activity. (Handout / Reuters)

The Mission Continues, which Greitens co-founded in 2007, helps veterans transition back into civilian life by placing them in volunteer roles with community organizations.

The nonprofit’s president, Spencer Kympton, acknowledged the investigation into Greitens’ alleged misuse of its resources in a statement released late last month.

“We are supporting various document requests and are fully cooperating with the agencies that are reviewing this situation,” Kympton wrote. “We look forward to the completion of those efforts in a timely manner.”

This article has been updated with comment from Sen. Roy Blunt.

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Missouri Congresswoman: Eric Greitens 'Is Unfit To Lead Our State'

Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) tweeted on Thursday that Gov. Eric Greitens (R) is “unfit to lead” the state of Missouri in light of a woman’s testimony that she had an affair with the governor that was not always consensual.

A Missouri House special investigative committee released a report on Wednesday with transcripts of the testimony, bringing Greitens back into the spotlight after reports emerged in January that the governor had allegedly blackmailed the woman into remaining silent about the affair.

Wagner tweeted on Thursday that the transcripts included in the committee’s report “paint the picture of a vulnerable woman and a man who preyed on that vulnerability.”

“I believe Governor Greitens is unfit to lead our state,” the congresswoman said.

In her testimony, the unidentified woman accused Greitens, who at the time had yet to launch his bid for governor, of inviting her to his home while his wife was out of town in March 2015.

Their encounter there, the woman said, included the governor tying her hands to pull-up rings and blindfolding her before taking off her clothes without her consent, according to the committee report. The woman also said Greitens coerced her into having oral sex.

“I felt as though that would allow me to leave,” the woman’s testimony reads. 

At one point, she said, she believed she heard Greitens take a photograph of her while she was nude. The woman and her ex-husband have alleged that the photos were used to blackmail her into silence. She told the committee that Greitens warned her not to mention his name, or he would “take these pictures, and… put them everywhere I can.”

Greitens has admitted to the affair but denies trying to blackmail the woman. He was indicted in February on charges of first-degree felony invasion of privacy over the photographs, according to CNN. He is also the subject of an FBI inquiry.

The governor has not cooperated with the House special investigative committee, according to the report. “Greitens has declined to participate in this fact-finding process at this time. Greitens declined to provide the requested testimony, documents, and sworn answers to interrogatories,” the report states. 

The governor on Wednesday characterized the investigation as a “political witch hunt.” 

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, a Republican, and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) have called on Greitens to resign in light of the allegations.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) stopped short of calling for Greitens’ resignation, but said in a Facebook post Wednesday that his alleged behavior “surpasses disturbing.”

“This is not behavior befit for a leader in Missouri or anywhere else for that matter,” Hartzler wrote.

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Missouri YARD POLICE force woman to plant grass even though she’s allergic to it

Ethan Huff–Planting flowers and shrubs in your front yard without any grass is apparently a serious crime if you live in the city of St. Peters, Missouri, located near St. Louis. A local couple who lives there is reportedly facing a sentence of $180,000 in fines and 20 years in prison for breaking this ridiculous ordinance, even though it was passed roughly six years after they had already converted the space on their own property into a colorful dream garden.

According to The Kansas City Star, Janice and Carl Duffner had no idea that failing to maintain at least five percent of their front yard as conventional turf is a punishable offense in St. Peters. They also didn’t realize that not abiding by the city’s arbitrary rules as far as residential grass requirements are concerned would end up snowballing into the equivalent of committing murder, at least in terms of the penalties being levied against them by the local government.

But that’s where the Duffners now find themselves as they press through in an ongoing legal fight to keep their garden completely grass-free. It’s not even that they want to have to fight the city on the matter, except for the fact that Janice Duffner is allergic to grass, which is why the couple decided not to plant or cultivate it after first moving into their home back in 2002.

But nobody in a position of authority seems to care about any of this, nor do they care that the turf ordinance was passed by St. Peters’ Board of Alderman in 2008, long after the Duffners removed all of the grass from their front yard. The saga has since made national headlines after a federal judge recently ruled that the Duffners have no legal recourse and must install at least five percent grass in their front yard.

The Duffners have been putting up an aggressive fight, having filed a civil rights action back in 2016. But thus far, they’ve been shot down every step of the way, which has prompted other civil rights groups to get involved on their behalf.

“If the city is permitted to impose Draconian fines and imprisonment simply because a citizen chooses to cultivate on their own private property lawful, harmless plants of their own choosing instead of a potentially harmful plant of the government’s choosing, there is no longer any principled limit to the government’s control over either the property or the owners,” reads the Duffners’ complaint.

After first presenting their case before the circuit court in St. Charles County and losing because they had “failed to exhaust their administrative remedies,” the Duffners moved on to the Missouri Court of Appeals. A mixed ruling in this court brought the case to federal court, where the Duffners were once again denied their request.

U.S. District Judge John A. Ross reportedly made the decision that the Duffners had “failed to identify a fundamental right that is restricted by the Turf Grass Ordinance.” He further maintained that the Supreme Court has held that “aesthetic considerations constitute a legitimate government purpose,” denying the Duffners’ claim that governments have no legal purview to force property owners to abide by such ordinances.

This type of thing has happened before, including in Florida back in 2016 when a Miami Shores couple was forced to actually dig up their organic vegetable garden and replace it with grass. The organic garden had been in place for 17 years in the couple’s front yard before the city decided that it had to go.

“My estimation is that this is one of the most important property rights cases in the country right now,” the Duffners’ attorney, David Roland from the Freedom Center of Missouri, told the media. “We’re going to go all hands on deck.”

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Missouri Nullifies Jeffie Sessions Federal Over-Reach Criminalization Of Cannabis

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Feb. 6, 2018) – Last week, a Missouri House committee overwhelmingly passed a bill to decriminalize industrial hemp, setting the foundation to nullify federal prohibition of the plant in practice.

Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Washington) introduced House Bill 2034 (HB2034) on Jan. 10. The legislation would decriminalize industrial hemp in the state by removing it from the list of controlled substances. The proposed law includes hemp products in its definition of industrial hemp.

On Feb. 1, the Agricultural Policy Committee passed HB2034 by a 10-1 vote with some technical amendments.

Final passage of this bill would open the door for a full-scale commercial hemp market in Missouri by treating it as any other crop for farming.

HB2034 would not require any license to grow hemp, and it would create no state regulatory structure. This would have a similar effect as a bill passed in Connecticut in 2015. In short, the state would treat industrial hemp like other plants, such as tomatoes. By ending state prohibition, residents in Missouri would have an open door to develop a commercial hemp market in the state, despite ongoing federal prohibition.



In 2014, Congress cracked the door open for hemp in the U.S. with an amendment to the 2014 Farm Bill. The law allows hemp cultivation for research purposes, but prohibits “commercial” production.

The “hemp amendment” in the 2014 farm bill  —

…allows State Agriculture Departments, colleges and universities to grow hemp, defined as the non-drug oil-seed and fiber varieties of Cannabis, for academic or agricultural research purposes, but it applies only to states where industrial hemp farming is already legal under state law.

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Drug Enforcement Agency released a “statement of principles” to guide interpretation of the hemp section in the Farm Bill. It states, “The growth and cultivation of industrial hemp may only take place in accordance with an agricultural pilot program to study the growth, cultivation, or marketing of industrial hemp established by a State department of agriculture or State agency responsible for agriculture in a State where the production of industrial hemp is otherwise legal under State law.”

In short, the current federal law authorizes farming of hemp – by research institutions, or within state pilot programs – for research only. Farming for commercial purposes by individuals and businesses remains prohibited.

This is how far greedy marketeers went to scare people into corporate manufactured alternative pharmaceuticals vs free mother nature.

The definition of “commercial” remains murky and has created significant confusion.

The statement of principles also asserted that industrial hemp programs are limited to fiber and seed. It didn’t mention the CBD oil or other edible hemp products.The DEA has interpreted that to mean they remain illegal. According to the DEA, CBD cannot be sold under any circumstances.

By ending state prohibition of hemp, passage of HB2034 would open the door for Missouri farmers to ignore federal prohibition and grow hemp commercially anyway. While prospective hemp growers would still have to take federal law into consideration, by ending state enforcement that treats hemp like a drug, the proposed law potentially clears away a major obstacle to widespread commercial hemp farming within Missouri’s borders. It would also remove any threat of state prosecution for retail sales of hemp products.

Several other states with federally-compliant hemp programs, such as Kentucky, North Dakota, Minnesota and New York, have grown significant acreage under federally-approved research programs. This takes the first step, but with federal shackles in place, these states are not legally allowed to develop any kind of commercial market. Ironically, many of these “federally compliant” programs are not actually federally compliant.

Recognizing its limited research program was hindering the development of the industry, West Virginia dumped its federally compliant hemp program during the 2017 legislative session and will now issue federally non-compliant commercial licenses to growers. West Virginia Public Broadcasting confirmed limits imposed by the old program due to its conformity with federal law were holding back the development of a viable hemp industry and everyday farmers cannot benefit.

“But because of the strict requirements under the 2014 bill, growers are not able to sell their plants and cannot transport them across state lines to be turned into those usable products. That’s limited the ability to create a real hemp industry in the state.”


Other states, including Colorado, Oregon, Maine, California and Vermont have simply ignored federal prohibition and legalized industrial hemp production within their state borders.

Colorado was the first state with widespread commercial hemp production. Farmers began growing hemp in southeast Colorado back in 2013 and the industry is beginning to mature. The amount of acreage used to grow industrial hemp in the state doubled in 2016 to nearly 5,000 acres, and nearly doubled again in 2017.

The Oregon legislature initially legalized industrial hemp production in 2009. While it was technically legal to grow hemp in the state, farmers didn’t take advantage of the opportunity for nearly five years. When the Oregon Department of Agriculture finally put a licensing and regulatory program in place early in 2014, farmers began growing hemp. The initial regulatory structure placed significant limits on hemp farming and effectively locked small growers out of the market. In 2016, Gov. Kate Brown signed House Bill 4060 into law. It relaxed state laws regulating hemp already on the books and made the crop more like other agricultural products. Within months, the Oregon Department of Agriculture had already promulgated new rules under the reformed law. According to Oregon’s Cannabis Connection, the rules set the stage to creates a “massive” medical hemp market. The state produced 3,469 acres of hemp in 2017.

Both Colorado and Oregon demonstrate how loosening rules at the state level encourage the market and allow hemp a legitimate commercial hemp industry to develop.


According to a 2005 Congressional Research Service report, the U.S. is the only developed nation that hasn’t developed an industrial hemp crop for economic purposes.

Experts suggest that the U.S. market for hemp is around $600 million per year. They count as many as 25,000 uses for industrial hemp, including food, cosmetics, plastics and bio-fuel. The U.S. is currently the world’s #1 importer of hemp fiber for various products, with China and Canada acting as the top two exporters in the world.

During World War II, the United States military relied heavily on hemp products, which resulted in the famous campaign and government-produced film, “Hemp for Victory!


HB2034 now goes to the Rules – Legislative Oversight Committee where it must pass by a majority vote before moving to the House floor for a vote.

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Botched Photo Shoot Brings Viral Glory To Missouri Family

It’s a fact of life: Nice family photos never go viral, as one family in St. Louis recently discovered.

Pam and Dave Zaring hired a photographer to take what they assumed would be lovely family photos.

When they received the final prints, they were shocked because the images had been retouched to the point where the family looked more like Legos or robots rather than their usual selves.

Their 8-year-old son, Connor, couldn’t believe what he was seeing. 

“I was thinking, like, ‘What the heck is this?’” he told “Inside Edition.”

Pam Zaring was also shocked ― especially after she paid $250 to a person who claimed to be a professional photographer.

“This is too funny to keep to ourselves,” she told “Inside Edition.”

“We laughed until we cried,” Dave Zaring added.

So the Zaring shared the bizarrely retouched pics with the world via Facebook:

As the Zarings noted in their post, the photographer blamed the botched pics on the fact they were taken on a sunny day, which made for really awful shadows. Also, the photographer claimed her professor never taught her to retouch photos properly.

Pam Zaring said the problems with the photographer began long before they were given the strange-looking pics.

“I passed my furious mark months ago when she wouldn’t send us anything,” she told WTVD-TV. “I was fully prepared to be scammed, money gone, and no final product! So the humor was much easier to find. Trust me, at one point my blood boiled anytime I was asked about the status of our photos!” 

However, it seems people prefer the bizarrely botched pics to regular, normal ones: The Zarings’ post has been shared nearly 390,000 times since Saturday.

As for the photographer, the Zarings insists the laughs from the photos were so great that they wouldn’t be asking for a refund.

“We just hope that she’s getting a laugh out of it as well,” Dave Zaring told “Inside Edition.”

Related: You don’t need an instant camera to print instant photos

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Missouri Bill Nullifies Session’s Federal Gun Control “Past, Present, or Future”

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JEFFERSON CITY. Mo. (Jan. 2, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Missouri House would ban the state from enforcement of all federal gun control. Passage into law would represent a major step towards ending federal acts that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms within the state in practice and effect.

Rep. Jeff Pogue (R-Salem) prefiled House Bill 1760 (HB1760) on Dec. 27. Titled the “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” the legislation would ban any person, including any “public officer or employee of state state and its political subdivisions, from enforcing any past, present or future federal acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders, court orders, rules, regulations, statutes, or ordinances that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.”

Bill Of Rights Are Unalienable Rights are ‘ Natural Rights’ ~ they are NOT Inalienable Rights. Inalienable Rights are ‘government granted’ a legal ease trapping in the court system. Deep State attempts to blur them together but in a court of law they carry different meanings.

HB1760 includes a detailed definition of actions that qualify as infringement, including taxes and fees that would have a chilling effect on firearms ownership, registration and tracking schemes that would have a chilling effect, gun bans and gun confiscation.

The legislation includes a provision that would allow anybody who violates the law and knowingly deprives somebody of their right to keep and bear arms as defined by the law to be sued for damages in civil court.

“Sovereign, official, or qualified immunity shall not be an affirmative defense in such actions.”

HB1760 also includes provisions that would apply to federal agents who knowingly enforce or attempt to enforce any of the infringing acts identified in the law, or who give material aid and support to such enforcement efforts. Under the proposed law, they would “be permanently ineligible to serve as a law enforcement officer or to supervise law enforcement officers for the state or any political subdivision of the state.”

This would also apply to state or local law enforcement agents working with federal task forces or deputized by federal agencies. In other words, Missouri law enforcement officers who cooperate with the feds in a violation of a person’s right to keep and bear arms would lose their jobs and never be able to work in Missouri law enforcement again.


The federal government relies heavily on state cooperation to implement and enforce almost all of its laws, regulations and acts – including gun control. By simply withdrawing this necessary cooperation, states can nullify in effect many federal actions. As noted by the National Governor’s Association during the partial government shutdown of 2013, “states are partners with the federal government on most federal programs.”

Based on James Madison’s advice for states and individuals in Federalist #46, a “refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union” represents an extremely effective method to bring down federal gun control measures because most enforcement actions rely on help, support and leadership from the states.

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano agreed. In a televised discussion on the issue, he noted that a single state taking this step would make federal gun laws “nearly impossible” to enforce.

“Partnerships don’t work too well when half the team quits,” said Michael Boldin of the Tenth Amendment Center. “By withdrawing all resources and participation in federal gun control, states can help bring these unconstitutional act to their much-needed end.”


Some gun rights supporters argue that such a measure is “unnecessary” because it addresses a nonexistent problem with a Republican Congress and an NRA-backed president.

“While we’re not expecting any new gun control to come from the federal government in the next few years, there’s still a lot of unconstitutional federal gun control measures on the books today,” Boldin said. “Whether it’s the National Firearms Act of 1934 or the Gun Control Act of 1968, plus many others – the states can build a sanctuary for the right to keep and bear arms against the unconstitutional ATF.”


HB859 rests on a well-established legal principle known as the anti-commandeering doctrine. Simply put, the federal government cannot force states to help implement or enforce any federal act or program. The anti-commandeering doctrine is based primarily on four Supreme Court cases dating back to 1842. Printz v. US serves as the cornerstone.

“We held in New York that Congress cannot compel the States to enact or enforce a federal regulatory program. Today we hold that Congress cannot circumvent that prohibition by conscripting the States’ officers directly. The Federal Government may neither issue directives requiring the States to address particular problems, nor command the States’ officers, or those of their political subdivisions, to administer or enforce a federal regulatory program. It matters not whether policy making is involved, and no case by case weighing of the burdens or benefits is necessary; such commands are fundamentally incompatible with our constitutional system of dual sovereignty.”


HB1760 will first need to be assigned to a committee after it is formally introduced in January. Once it receives an assignment, it will need to pass by a majority vote before moving forward in the legislative process.

Tenth Amendment Center

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Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Charged With Four Felony Counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper has been placed on unpaid leave, after being charged with four felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Justin Watson, 46, also umpires high school baseball games for the Mountain View-Birch Tree School District. He faces an additional felony charge of sexual contact with a student. Police arrested him Wednesday night.

According to the probable cause statement used to charge Watson, a Highway Patrol trooper was assigned to investigate accusations that Watson was in a sexual relationship with a male high school student from Mountain View. The trooper says the student told him sexual contact with Watson began after he was 17-years-old. The victim says Watson used the boy’s phone to take pornographic images, then sent them to his own phone. Court documents say that a forensic examination found the pictures were taken at Watson’s home in Mountain View.

A spokesman for the Missouri Highway Patrol in Jefferson City confirms that Watson is a trooper with Troop G based in Willow Springs. He did not immediately know how long Watson had been with the Patrol.

Online court records say a warrant has a been issued for Watson’s arrest.

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Missouri Sheriff’s Deputy Sentenced to Death in Double Killing

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – A former sheriff’s deputy and Missouri correctional officer who was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend in a child custody dispute was sentenced to death Friday.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Judge Kelly Wayne Parker sentenced Marvin Rice to death in the 2011 slaying of Annette Durham and to life in prison in the slaying of Steven Strotkamp.

A jury in August convicted Rice, a former Dent County deputy, of first-degree murder for Durham’s death and second-degree murder for Strotkamp’s. But the jury couldn’t decide whether Rice should be put to death, leaving it to the judge.

Prosecutors said Rice and Durham had an affair while he was a deputy. Durham, who struggled with addiction, was jailed several times and she gave birth to Rice’s son in 2010 while she was in prison.

Dent County prosecutor Andrew Curley said that when Durham got out of prison in 2011, Rice initially allowed her only brief supervised visits with the boy. On Dec. 10, 2011, she was allowed an unsupervised visit and decided that she wanted to keep her son overnight, Curley said.

Rice went to the home outside Salem where Durham and Strotkamp lived and shot the couple. He took the child and gave him to his wife before leading police on a chase that ended in a shootout in a Jefferson City hotel during a Christmas party, Curley said.

Strotkamp identified Rice as his killer before he died.

Lawyers for Rice did not deny that Rice shot Durham and Strotkamp. But public defender Charles Hoskins told jurors that Rice “snapped” when Durham told him, “You’re never seeing (your son) again, and neither is your family.”

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Planned Parenthood Teams Up with Satanists to Expand Missouri Abortion Business


Missouri has reportedly doubled its abortion capacity this year “thanks to the Satanic Temple and Planned Parenthood,” who have worked in tandem to fight the state’s restrictions on abortion.

With some of the most clearly defined regulations on abortion in the nation, Missouri had managed to lower the number of abortion facilities to a single clinic, but a second Missouri clinic opened its doors recently and two others plan on following soon.

Planned Parenthood has battled against state regulations requiring abortion clinics to meet the same surgical center standards as full hospitals and for their doctors to have hospital privileges, and in April a federal court sided with the abortion giant.

U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs granted a preliminary injunction invalidating requirements for the state’s abortion clinics to meet standards for surgical centers and for their doctors to have hospital privileges, citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down similar restrictions in Texas, which deemed those laws unnecessary and unconstitutional.

“Missouri has not complied with that decision,” Sachs, of the Western District of Missouri in Kansas City, wrote.

Shortly afterward, Planned Parenthood expressed its intention to expand its abortion services in the state. On Monday, Planned Parenthood Great Plains announced plans to offer abortion services at two more clinics in Missouri, including its midtown Kansas City clinic, which now offers medication abortion services.

The Satanic Temple has often lent its muscle to pro-abortion efforts alongside Planned Parenthood, and in this case has pressured Missouri legislators and worked through the courts to bring about a relaxing of abortion restrictions, according to reports. One of the Temple’s fundamental tenets is that “One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.”

On Monday, the Satanic Temple argued in a Missouri court that the state’s abortion restrictions violate members’ rights to free religious practice. The organization challenged two Missouri laws: one that requires patients to look at anti-abortion literature and another that obliges them to wait 72 hours between their initial consultations and second appointments for their abortions.

Satanic Temple members have argued that their religion prizes rational, independent thought and that forcing Satanists to read anti-abortion pamphlets and “consider a religious proposition with which they do not agree” during the 72-hour waiting period constitutes a violation of their beliefs.

For years the Satanic Temple has been involved with lawsuits in Missouri fighting abortion regulations. The group also attempted to procure a religious waiver for a female Satanist who sought to circumvent the 72-hour requirement under pretense that it violated her religion. A judge eventually threw out the case because the woman was no longer pregnant.

The Satanic Temple has been on the forefront of the fight to protect and extend abortion rights throughout the nation, and in 2015 set up a crowdfunding website with Indiegogo “to challenge arbitrary, insulting abortion regulations,” especially the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Its website states:

The Satanic Temple (TST) supports personal choice in the context of abortion and, as part of a multi-faceted Women’s Rights campaign, TST is offering religious exemptions from arbitrary, insulting, and outright harmful anti-abortion legislation that has been steadily encroaching across the nation.

As an interesting aside, Satanism has a millennial history of association with child sacrifice, which makes the Temple’s financial and moral support of abortion a natural activity for the sect. The Israelites struggled against the worship of Baal, another name for the Phoenician god Moloch, who demanded child sacrifices of his followers and was associated with the devil. The prophet Jeremiah spoke explicitly of the sacrifice of children to Baal, warning his readers that God finds such behavior abhorrent.

Baal was often identified with Satan, especially in the form of “Beezebul” (Lord Baal), the prince of demons, which literally meant the “Lord of the Flies.” Jesus Christ was accused of obtaining powers for his miracles from “Beelzebul,” whom he identified as Satan.



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New DNA Evidence Says Man is Innocent—State of Missouri To Execute Him Tonight Anyway

Marcellus Williams, 48, was set to be put to death by lethal injection on Tuesday at 6:00pm at the Missouri state prison in Bonne Terre.

Kent Gipson and other unnamed lawyers representing Williams are seeking a commutation of his life sentence or a new hearing in the case. They have also asked Governor Eric Greitens (R) for clemency, according to the Washington Post.

Williams was convicted of stabbing Lisha Gayle, 42, to death during a robbery that occurred on August 11, 1998, in a gated suburban community outside of University City, Missouri. Gayle purportedly found Williams in her home during the robbery, and then Williams killed the woman.


Gayle had been a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter from 1981 to 1992, before she eventually turned to doing social work, the Post reported.

Gipson says DNA testing conducted in December 2016 showed that the DNA on the knife used to kill Gayle, was, in fact, not that of Williams’. Gipson also cited previous DNA evidence showing that hairs found on Gayle’s shirt, fingernails, and footprints at the scene, did not belong to Williams either.

Now, Williams’ attorneys have appealed to the US Supreme Court in order to halt this week’s execution.

The Missouri Supreme Court, which initially agreed to postpone Williams’ execution in order to complete the new DNA tests, has denied requests to look at new evidence presented by the lawyers, according to Missourinet.

Gipson says that the new evidence “means in our mind the actual killer is not him,” according to an interview he did with the Associated Press last week, the Post reported.

Williams’ conviction was based on the testimonies of two convicted felons who had their eyes on a $10,000 reward, Gipson said, the Post reported. One of the testifiers was the inmate’s ex-girlfriend and the other, a former cellmate.

But, Loree Anne Paradise, a spokeswoman for Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, said the office is still confident that Williams is the killer based on other evidence.

Missouri’s NAACP Executive Director Ron Chapel commented on the newly found evidence that suggests Williams is innocent. “What separates Mr. Williams from many others is that he may be a case of actual innocence,” Missourinet reported.

“There is evidence that has not been considered by a court,” Chapel said, according to Missourinet. “Evidence that could prove that he had nothing to do with the murder itself.”

Besides the murder conviction, Williams is also currently serving consecutive terms in prison for robbery and 30 years each for weapon crimes and burglary.

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