A Utah woman´s lawsuit against a former federal judge accusing him of raping her more than three decades ago is now at the center of a legal fight over how child sex abuse claims are handled in the state, and whether victims can seek justice for old alleged crimes. Last year, Terry Mitchell sued Richard Roberts — then the chief judge of the federal trial court in Washington, DC — accusing him of taking advantage of her age and repeatedly forcing her to have sex with him in 1981, when he was a 27-year-old prosecutor and she was a 16-year-old witness in one of his cases. Roberts, who has since left the bench, denied the
Comments: One thing that can´t be brought up is that predators like Roberts, besides using the "power" of his judicial authority to seduce another person, you can bet that this wasn´t his first or last time with an underaged girl. His pension for teens won´t be sated by just one encounter. He needs to be registered as a sex offender.
We have to be careful here. Reach-back laws are, on the surface, troublesome. In addition, the woman in this case was of the legal age for consent in Utah. Can a 16 year old girl be more of a woman than a child, and a seductress? Yes. Should Roberts have had a sexual relationship with a witness in one of his cases? No. That was unethical. And stupid. But sometimes men act stupidly, thinking with the wrong head.
Did he sexually assault her? We will never know. Bit his good reptation is gone, forever.
Black judge appointed by Billy Bob claims as his defense that the repeated sex with the 16-year-old crime victim was consensual, and he walks the streets a free man. Something is very, very wrong with our world.
President Donald Trump, the guy who promised to drain the swamp, is instead sinking fast into its muddy waters, one wrong DACA move away from drowning. Now just because Trump’s sat down with Democrats to discuss border deals doesn’t mean a deal’s been struck. No need to condemn the president just yet. He is, after all, simply trying to work with both sides of the political aisle, a feat that’s generally praised, in political circles, as bipartisanship. But perception in politics means everything. Messaging and the media are paramount. The left will use whatever means available to drive a wedge between
Washington - President Trump launched an early morning Twitter barrage Friday, starting with comments triggered by news of a terrorist bomb on a London subway and then rapidly veering into attacks on the sports network ESPN and calls for a tougher travel ban. "Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!" Trump tweeted, implying that British authorities also knew the identity of who planted the bomb. So far, however, no suspects have been identified or whether anyone was involved was being tracked by Scotland Yard,
The ballistic missile launched by North Korea was capable of reaching the US territory of Guam, according to scientists and defence chiefs. Fired over northern Japan into the Pacific Ocean, it travelled 2,300 miles (3,700 km) in 19 minutes, according to the South Korean military. Pyongyang has previously threatened to attack Guam, the tiny island which is home to a US military base, 2,110 miles from North Korea. Experts said the range of the missile, the latest act of aggression against a neighbour and key Western ally, was "significant". "It flew a distance that is more than enough to reach Guam," said Japanese Defence Minister
After 20 years in space, Nasa's Cassini spacecraft has finally completed its suicide mission, plunging into Saturn's atmosphere. The confirmation of the mission was received at Nasa's Jet Propulsion unit at 07:56 EST (12:56 BST) today. Upon receiving the news, Earl Maize, program manager for Cassini, announced: 'The signal from the spacecraft has gone. Congratulations, this has been an incredible mission and incredible spacecraft.' During the live feed, experts from Nasa described the event as 'the last hour of the last chapter of Cassini's Grand Finale.' When asked about Cassini's fate, Earl Maize, program manager for
Seoul, South Korea - South Korea’s military says North Korea fired an unidentified missile from its capital Pyongyang in a continuation of weapons tests following its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date on Sept. 3. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday that the missile was launched from Sunan, the site of Pyongyang’s international airport. The North last month used the airport to fire a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile that flew over northern Japan in what it declared as a “meaningful prelude” to containing the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam and the start of more ballistic missile launches
There’s “no way to stop” Kim Jong Un’s regime and its missile and nuclear program, a North Korea expert told Fox News on Thursday, the warning coming amid Pyongyang´s continued threats to sink Japan and blast the U.S. “into ashes and darkness.” Leading Seoul-based North Korea expert Andrei Lankov told Fox News that Kim Jong Un is accelerating his missile and nuclear program “much faster than anybody expected.” “They want to get the point of having a sufficient number of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of destroying a sufficient number of American cities,” Lankov said. The expert expressed doubt about
Undeterred by international condemnation of its latest nuclear test and a new round of sanctions, North Korea is reportedly preparing to carry out another underground atomic test. Satellite images taken since the regime conducted what it claims was a test of a thermonuclear device at its Punggye-ri proving grounds on September 3 have revealed mining equipment and heavy cargo trucks close to a shaft excavated to the south of the test site. Additional activity has also been confirmed at another underground access point, known as the West Portal. Analysts believe the damage caused by the recent test to subterranean
Washington - The top House and Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had reached agreement with President Donald Trump to protect thousands of younger immigrants from deportation and fund some border security enhancements — not including Trump´s long-sought border wall. The deal announced by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi following a White House dinner would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants brought illegally to this country as kids who had benefited from former President Barack Obama´s Deferred Action for Childhood
Seoul - South Korea´s Air Force said Wednesday it has successfully conducted its first live-fire exercise for Taurus, a long-range air-to-surface missile introduced from Germany for precision bombing of key facilities in North Korea. In the exercise, which took place in the air over Taean, South Chungcheong Province, on Tuesday, the Air Force´s F-15K fighter jet fired a Taurus missile, which flew some 400 kilometers and precisely hit an intended target in the coastal waters off Gunsan, North Jeolla Province, the Air Force said. The 500-kilometer-range Taurus is capable of carrying out precision attacks on targets in the
A fire at an Islamic boarding school killed at least 25 people, most of them students, in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur after breaking out in a dormitory early on Thursday morning, officials said. The fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, a "tahfiz" boarding school where students learn to memorize the Koran, was reported around 5.40 a.m. local time (2140 GMT Wednesday), according to a statement from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department. The blaze began in the sleeping quarters on the top floor of the three-storey school building, the statement said. Two wardens and 23 students died in the fire, fire department officials said in
The Senate on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan push for a new war authorization against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, electing to let the White House rely on a 16-year-old law passed after the Sept. 11 attacks as the legal basis to send U.S. troops into combat. Senators voted 61-36 scuttle an amendment to the annual defense policy bill by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., that would have allowed war authorizations, created in the wake of al-Qaida´s 9/11 strikes, to lapse after six months. Paul, a leader of the GOP's noninterventionist wing, said Congress would use the time to debate an updated war authority for operations in Iraq,
Michelle Jones was released last month after serving more than two decades in an Indiana prison for the murder of her 4-year-old son. The very next day, she arrived at New York University, a promising Ph.D. candidate in American studies. (Snip) Elizabeth Hinton, one of the Harvard historians who backed Ms. Jones, called her “one of the strongest candidates in the country last year, period.” The case “throws into relief,” she added, the question of “how much do we really believe in the possibility of human redemption?” The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that focuses on criminal justice and
Hillary Clinton told CNN on Wednesday that it is time to abolish the Electoral College, part of a sweeping interview where the former Democratic nominee sought to explain why she lost the 2016 election. Clinton, in the interview with CNN´s Anderson Cooper, displayed her animus for fired FBI Director James Comey, reflected on her love for the people -- namely former President Bill Clinton -- who helped her get through the crushing loss and blasted the arcane election body that she believes helped Donald Trump win the presidency. "I think it needs to be eliminated," Clinton said of the Electoral
President Donald Trump on Thursday squashed earlier reports that he agreed to protect so-called “Dreamers” during a dinner meeting with two top Democrats, and said “massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent.” Trump’s Twitter post was in response to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who said in a statement that Trump agreed to protect Dreamers and agreed to terms on border security -- "excluding the wall." Trump tweeted, "The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and
Melania Trump appears to have sworn off the high heels that got her labeled out of touch and disrespectful when she donned them to visit hurricane victims. The first lady, 47, wore black and beige Chanel flats as she flew from Washington, DC to Fort Myers, Florida with her husband this morning to meet with citizens impacted by Hurricane Irma. Last month, she caused an uproar when she donned high heels while to visit areas struck by Hurricane Harvey in Texas—but wore similar shoes on a follow-up trip to the disaster-struck state earlier this month. Scroll down for video (Photos)
Bill Clinton defended Hillary Clinton´s new book What Happened saying that those who did read it have enjoyed it. "They don´t have to buy it," Clinton told TIME while addressing those who have criticized Clinton´s new book. "The people that have read it liked it," he added. What Happened chronicles Clinton´s loss in the 2016 presidential election. The book is already at the top of Amazon´s best-seller list, though there are some bad reviews.
Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened” reads like a therapy session in which the losing presidential candidate works through the five stages of grief in real time. There’s plenty of anger, oodles of denial, bouts of depression, some desperate bargaining and finally a modicum of acceptance. But not before she’s thrown everyone from President Obama to Bernie Sanders under the bus for her loss to Donald Trump. Among her many laments? “I don’t think the press did their job,” as she tells Vox’s Ezra Klein. Expanding on that, she told him the press obsessed over Trump because she was talking policy while he was “good
Facing harsh criticism, a Harvard dean said early Friday morning that he was revoking his invitation to Chelsea Manning, a former United States soldier convicted of leaking classified information, to be a visiting fellow at the university. The sudden turnabout by the Harvard Kennedy School came after a day of intense backlash over the university’s announcement on Wednesday that Ms. Manning would become a visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics this school year. Douglas W. Elmendorf, the dean of the Harvard Kennedy School, said that while the university encourages a diversity of opinions and does not shy from controversy,
After months of denials, the pretext for Susan Rice’s eavesdropping on Trump officials has finally been made public. It had been widely known that Obama’s former National Security Adviser had contrived to unmask the names of top Trump officials who had been spied on by the administration. And the same media that still treats Watergate as the Great American Scandal had claimed that there was nothing “improper” in an Obama loyalist eavesdropping on members of the opposition party. Every time Obama Inc. was caught eavesdropping on opposition politicians, it presented its spin in a carefully packaged “scoop” to a major media
Meghan McCain, the political scion who turned a stint as a blogger and TV show host into a role as a contributor at Fox News Channel, is leaving the network. (Snip) “Meghan has been a valuable part of ‘Outnumbered’ and the Fox News team,” the 21st Century Fox-owned outlet said in a statement. “We’re sad to see her go, but we wish her all the best.” “I’m so thankful to Fox News for the chance to be on ‘Outnumbered,’ but I’m leaving to focus on other things,” McCain said in a statement. “I have no doubt the show will continue
A Detroit Lions fan has forfeited his season tickets and is banned from future events at Ford Field after he posted a Snapchat photo using the N-word to describe a pair of fans who sat through the national anthem Sunday. The man posted a Snapchat photo on Facebook of a black couple sitting during the anthem with the caption “Ignorant [expletive].” The Facebook caption read: “You wana sit down for the national anthem? You dont like our country then get tge [expletive] outttt [sic].” The photo was allegedly posted by David Doptis, owner of Restaurant Liquidations Auctions LLC in Pontiac,
Chelsea Manning has been making quite a spectacle of himself out on Twitter, taking Michael Morrell´s and Mike Pompeo´s exit from the school as a welcome new opportunity to call attention to himself. He starts with an emoji-filled cheer at news of Morrell´s resignation from his own Harvard post based on its bad judgment in bringing him into the university to ´mentor´ students, declaring it ´good´ that Morrell has pulled out. Not a thought about how Morrell´s exit might affect Harvard, it´s all about himself and his feelings instead. Note the high emoji count, by the way - an advertisement
John McCain is joining a bipartisan push to block President Donald Trump from banning transgender people from serving in the military. Mr Trump issued a moratorium last month instructing the military to stop providing gender reassignment surgeries for transgender troops, and to stop plans to recruit those troops. That decision came following an order from his predecessor that instructed the military to begin considering programmes to allow transgender people to serve openly and without worry in the military. (Snip) Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, and Senator Susan Collins, a Republican, are also behind the effort. “Thousands of brave transgender Americans love
New York - ESPN says it has accepted the apology of its "SportsCenter" host Jemele Hill for tweeting this week that President Donald Trump was a "white supremacist" and "bigot." The network and Hill delivered statements shortly before midnight, hours after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday called Hill´s comments outrageous and something that could be considered a fireable offense by ESPN. (Snip) Hill was supported by the National Association of Black Journalists, which issued a statement saying it "supports Hill´s First Amendment rights on all matters of discussion, within and outside the world of sports, as they