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[-] 39 points 1 day ago

Odds on when this guy murders someone else?

Don't know when, but I can already see one of the quotes that will run in that future news story,

During Perry’s sentencing hearing last May, the prosecution asked that he be sentenced to at least 25 years in prison. They highlighted a stream of racist and inflammatory social media posts Perry wrote prior to the shooting and the defense’s own analysis of his mental disorders and mindset.

“This man is a loaded gun ready to go off on any perceived threat that he thinks he has to address in his black and white world and his us versus them mentality,” a prosecutor said.

And he's being released just in time for Pride Month, during an election year, and while Israel/Palestine protests are ongoing. It'll be amazing if he doesn't hurt someone else.

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In March, our team at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection—along with our co-counsel at Law Forward and Stafford Rosenbaum, LLP—settled Penebaker v. Hitt, a historic lawsuit brought by two Democratic Wisconsin electors against the ten individuals who fraudulently cast ballots for Trump and Pence, as well as two lawyers associated with the Trump Campaign. One of them was Chesebro himself, who already faces a public and legal reckoning for his role in the plot. The other was James Troupis, a top attorney for the Trump Campaign in Wisconsin who, until recently, had escaped significant national scrutiny.

As part of our settlement agreement, we obtained thousands of emails, text messages, and other records from the defendants, including many from Troupis and Chesebro themselves. These documents, all of which are posted publicly, provide new revelations about the development of the false electors scheme, which should guide public understanding of this element of Trump’s multipronged attempt to nullify his defeat and unlawfully retain power.

[Editor’s note: The Wisconsin documents are now integrated into a comprehensive timeline of the false electors scheme.]

This article explores three major themes exposed by the settlement: (1) the role of James Troupis; (2) the earlier-than-understood origins of the plot, just days after the election itself ; and (3) the design of the underlying scheme.

First and foremost, these documents show that without Troupis, there would not have been a false electors scheme. Troupis leveraged his connections inside Trump’s orbit to operationalize Chesebro’s ideas. Second, the timeline presented by these documents shows how the false electors scheme was hatched much earlier than previously believed by close observers and continued in earnest through the violent insurrection on January 6th. Third, these documents make clear that the scheme was not—as now alleged by Trump’s defenders—a contingency plan in case courts overturned election results. On the contrary, this was a premeditated effort to use fraudulent slates of electors to introduce uncertainty and chaos into the Joint Session, no matter what the courts ruled. To put it simply, the new information obtained as a result of the Penebaker litigation shows that the false electors scheme was not just a lawyerly subplot to a haphazard coup attempt; rather, it was the centerpiece of Trump’s well-orchestrated pressure campaign to dismantle democracy.

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[-] 15 points 1 day ago

And I'm pretty sure they'd be willing to compromise on the taxes part of that

[-] 12 points 2 days ago

Getting people to click with a lying headline and then giving them the truth after you've gotten their webtraffic is horrible journalism and corrosive to civil society

[-] 14 points 2 days ago

Oh for sure, a Republican probably wouldn't have even got investigated for the stuff Menendez did. His corrupt ass can go right to jail, but that (R) immunity card is a way bigger problem for our country than anything he did.

[-] 3 points 2 days ago

Except this is all bullshit because whenever the border guards want to they just declare the official points of entry closed and force people to cross irregularly so they've got a legal fig leaf for denying them their rights and skipping straight to deportation

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Sure, the federal government should be providing more anti-poverty resources generally to city county and state level governments, we've chronically underfunded those services for a long time and have a lot of deficits to make up there. What we don't need is that dogshit legislation and these executive orders that essentially just give money to border patrol to harass and brutalize desperate people and try to make our immigration courts into even more of a rubber stamp for xenophobic bullshit than they already are.

Also, Eric Adams is a lying rat bastard who's had it in for the homeless and poor people for decades, so anything coming from about the teeming masses yearning to breathe free shouldn't be taken at face value.

[-] 0 points 2 days ago

"Forced" my fucking ass, nobody and nothing is forcing his bigoted ass to harass and brutalize migrants and asylum seekers

And that border security bill is Republican policy trash

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Many DACA recipients have been able to carve out precarious but productive lives over the last decade, becoming doctors, engineers, nurses, and working in myriad other critical professions, including as essential workers during the COVID pandemic. The time to legalize their status is long overdue, but it has become even more imperative with Trump’s threats to set up detention camps across the country before removing millions of undocumented people if he becomes president again.

Dreamers will be an easy target. Because they are already registered with the federal government, Dreamers will be among the easiest to find in a mass roundup of illegal immigrants, and they’re unlikely to get favored treatment in a new Trump administration.

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Thank you bipartisanship worshipping moderates of the Obama administration who assured us Republicans weren't all soulless monsters, this is a very cool and not at all predictable turn of events /s

[-] 11 points 2 days ago

How this works in practice,

PERALTA: ... This big caravan left from Tapachula, which is a city near the Guatemalan border, on Christmas Eve. Some of the migrants had spent months in southern Mexico, hoping that authorities would give them permits to move through the country. They were frustrated, so a good 5,000 of them started walking north to pressure the government. And Tuesday it looked like the government had caved. The government started sending a bunch of buses over and told them, we'll take you to a nearby town and process you, so get on the buses. But it wasn't long before the migrants found out that immigration officials were lying about where they were sending them, and authorities also started separating families, so the migrants started trying to get off the buses, and it was chaos. Let's listen to Gabriela Fernandez Rivero, who was separated from her boyfriend.

GABRIELA FERNANDEZ RIVERO: (Through interpreter) We have no idea where they're taking us. We have no idea what they're going to do. They don't give us any answers.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: (Speaking Spanish).

PERALTA: That man at the end is shouting, they're separating kids. He was angry. He was calling immigration authorities killers.

FADEL: Do we know what ultimately happened to those people?

PERALTA: I mean, this caravan of migrants has been a headache for the president of Mexico. He said President Biden called him to tell him that he was worried about how many migrants were crossing the U.S. border. And Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he had taken care of it. And now what was a very visible migrant caravan is no more. That woman and a good 2 or 3,000 migrants were put on buses, and they ended up in a bunch of little towns across southern Mexico. We managed to track down a group that was left in a tiny town near Tuxtla, and I found Maria Isabel Tovar, who was desperately looking for her son. He had just turned 18, and she says the bus that they were on made a sudden stop, and authorities told her son to get off, and they told her to stay on. Let's listen.

MARIA ISABEL TOVAR: (Speaking Spanish, crying).

PERALTA: And she's been traveling for months from Venezuela. It's been so hard, she says - traveled through so many countries, and just to lose my son this way. I don't know, she keeps repeating. I don't know.

FADEL: I mean, is this normal to move migrants, separate them this way?

PERALTA: It is. And it gives you a glimpse at Mexican immigration policy. What authorities are doing is trying to make it harder and harder for migrants to reach the border within the U.S. And migrants rights advocates here say that the U.S. has actually managed to build a wall on its southern border, and they say that that wall is Mexico.

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[-] 3 points 3 days ago

Actually, it was a county health department that pulled its funding in response to the pro-BLM statement and law enforcement outcry. Police departments had been participating in "collaborative programming" with this organization (not sure if that's just trainings or something else) and stopped doing that.

[-] 3 points 3 days ago

Just to be clear about that, it wasn't just this organization, lots of domestic violence shelters and support orgs across the country lost federal funding recently when Congress cut the budget for the Victims of Crime Act. Like, here's another news story from South Carolina all about that same problem playing out there,

[-] 2 points 3 days ago

They were getting large donations from the police department, and the police department stopped donating because of their support for BLM.

It's actually a bit more complicated than that. From the article,

Then, Jacob Blake was shot by police seven times in Kenosha, prompting the statewide coalition of advocacy agencies Embrace is a part of to signal their support for police reform and Embrace to release an anti-racism statement.

In response, the local law enforcement groups, which had been close working partners, pulled out of collaborative groups and the Sheriff of Barron County resigned from Embrace’s Board of Directors.

Katie Bement is the Executive Director of Embrace.

“He notified us that he would no longer support the organization or advocates for our services when survivors called 911 and he contacted other departments within our service area across county lines and told them to stop working with us too. And they did,” explained Bement.

They had been receiving $25,000 annually from the Barron County Department of Health and Human Services, but that was cut after Embrace released their statement.

“There were a lot of attempts to try to figure out, kind of, how to repair those relationships and get the funding returned,” explained Bement.

“We didn't think that we could do this work without the criminal legal system, without being aligned with the criminal legal system,” she said.

She explained that Embrace and local law enforcement agencies had spent years developing collaborative programming that Embrace didn’t want to see crumble.

Some of the 14 law enforcement agencies in the area still refer survivors to Embrace, but that’s the extent of their relationships.

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