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He Was Initially Arrested After a Woman Accused Him of Blackmail — After a Judge Saw This Video, He Convicted Her Instead
“Can you chill out for two seconds?”
ABC, CBS, and NBC’s morning newscasts on Monday all omitted the arrest of a Utah woman, after the bodies of seven newborn babies were discovered in her house on Saturday. The Big Three morning shows did understandably devote a significant amount of air time to a white supremacist’s shooting rampage at two Jewish community centers [̷…
Palestinian Man Accused of Cutting Cooking Gas Lines in Israelis’ Homes Hoping to Ignite Massive Explosion
“[W]ith the intent of toppling a building, resulting in the deaths of its Jewish inhabitants.”
U.K. Hospital Accused of Something So Disturbing Involving Patients Even Some Guards Allegedly Refused to Participate
“In many cases we are talking about patients known as ‘bed blockers’, elderly people unable to return home or with no residential care unit to go to.”
American Christian Parents Who Adopted and Homeschooled Kids Accused by Qatar of Killing One to Harvest Organs
Prosecutors in Qatar have accused an American Christian couple of starving their adopted daughter to death in order to sell her body parts, but a leading U.S. legal advocacy group said they are innocent and that the entire case is based on “faulty science” and misunderstandings by Qatar over interracial adoptions and homeschooling.
If convicted, Matthew and Grace Huang could face the death penalty.
French news agency Agence France-Presse reported that a Qatari court released the California couple on bail Wednesday, but prohibited them from leaving the country. They have been in jail since January after their 8-year-old daughter Gloria, who was adopted from an orphanage in Ghana, died after battling a childhood eating disorder.
The Huangs are U.S. citizens. All of their children were adopted from Africa. The family moved to Qatar after Matthew Huang, a Stanford University-educated engineer, was hired to work on an infrastructure project tied to the 2022 World Cup games.
The California Innocence Project which is aiding their defense believes they have been “wrongfully imprisoned.”
“The Huangs’ daughter, Gloria, tragically and unexpectedly died while the Huangs were in Qatar. Contrary to the Qatari accusations, however, there is no evidence whatsoever that the Huangs harmed her,” the nonprofit group wrote.
The organization said police suspected wrongdoing after Gloria died “but for wholly misguided reasons.” The family appeared unconventional to the Qatari police, specifically that an American couple of Asian origin had adopted black children from Africa. This appeared to the police to be “inherently suspicious,” the California Innocence Project wrote. It provided examples of racial overtones in the Qatari investigation:
For example, the investigative police reports repeatedly suggest that Matthew and Grace could not have had a legitimate reason to adopt children who were not “good-looking” and who did not share their “hereditary traits.” The investigative reports theorize that Matthew and Grace “bought” their children in order to harvest their organs, or perhaps to perform medical experiments on them. Investigators in Qatar understandably are very concerned about human trafficking. But it appears they did not know that adoptions of children from other countries and other racial backgrounds is common in the United States.
That the family homeschooled their children was reportedly considered unusual to their Qatari neighbors.
The New York Times reported that during Wednesday’s hearing, “several witnesses testified about the Huangs’ character and child-rearing … The witnesses were questioned closely about the prevalence among Americans of home schooling, which the Huangs practiced, and the adoption of children from Africa.”
According to the California Innocence Project, Gloria, their middle child, died suddenly on Jan. 15. While she had appeared to be healthy, her parents knew she suffered from an eating disorder reportedly tied to her early childhood spent in extreme poverty.
The Huangs said that she could go days refusing to eat, at times fasting and during other times binge-eating and searching for food in unusual places including from garbage bins or from neighbors. Family supporters say the parents had educated themselves about her condition in an effort to manage it and help her outgrow it.
Qatari police reports said the Huangs kept to themselves, were stingy with their children and that Gloria disappeared from sight eight days before she died.
“All these allegations are relayed in an effort to make it appear that the Huangs are hiding something. All these allegations turn out to be provably false,” the California Innocence Project wrote.
“The evidence is very clear that the Huang family is a loving family. They participate in activities together, they travel together and they worship together. The Huangs also socialized with many people in Qatar. These people know the Huangs and they praise Matthew and Gloria’s parenting skills and the way they care for and love their children,” it added.
Al Jazeera reported that Matthew Huang was unshaven and wore a suit to Wednesday’s hearing, while his wife wore women’s prison attire consisting of a dark blue abaya (cloak) and black hijab headscarf.
At the hearing, friends – some from the church they attended – testified to their character. Family friend Annemarie Ford said, according to Al Jazeera, “I know that Matt and Grace did not starve their daughter to death … I saw them being a loving family. I think this is a big mistake.”
The witnesses testified that they had seen Gloria the day before she died and that she appeared to be healthy, even walking up the stairs.
“The defense argued that it’s medically impossible be walking around one day and to die of starvation the next,” an ABC News report stated.
According to ABC, Matthew Huang said he found Gloria foaming at the mouth and barely breathing in bed. He attempted CPR for 40 minutes with no success.
The father said that this occurred during a bout of starving herself for several days, something that occurred several times a year. When she was adopted at age of 4, she had a Vitamin D deficiency and a parasitic infection. In addition, her most recent blood test showed “potentially serious deficiencies,” the California Innocence Project said.
ABC reported that the Qatari pathologist wrote on her death certificate that dehydration and cachexia in which nutrients are not properly absorbed were the causes of death.
The defense team has not been provided tissue samples in order to conduct an independent medical examination.
“Our understanding is that this case is the result of a very small group of policemen who failed to accurately interpret fact of case due to deep cultural differences,” family spokesman Eric Volz told ABC News.
“It’s been a very long process … It’s been frustrating at times. It’s one of the strangest things we’ve experienced for sure. We believe this is going to be resolved, and the courts will find them innocent,” Grace Huang’s brother Daniel Chin told Al Jazeera outside the courtroom.
A verdict is expected in the case in December, Al Jazeera reported.
Grace Huang’s brother said in a statement Wednesday of the decision to release the couple on bail: “Though we see this as a positive step, their trial is not over … Until then, our family prays that the hearts and minds of the judicial leaders will be pointed to the truth.”
Last Easter, Matthew Huang wrote a letter to Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, Calif., an excerpt of which was published by the Christian publication WORLD Magazine.
“The power of Jesus’ work on the cross gives us new life. I am reminded that Easter is a time for rebirth, renewal, and restoration. My family needs to be restored together. My emotions are tired and weary. Jesus brings restoration, and we are reminded of that this Easter,” Huang wrote.
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Take a Good Look at the 47-Year-Old Sex Offender Accused of Impregnating 12-Year-Old Girl — There May Have Been Other Victims
Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski
MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A registered sex offender who allegedly impregnated a 12-year-old southern New Jersey girl is now facing more charges — and the public is asked to take a good look at him, because he may have targeted other girls in the past.
Joseph Anthony Caracciolo, whose most recent address was in New York City, faces aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment charges in an indictment handed up this week by an Atlantic County grand jury. If convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison.
The indictment comes just weeks after federal prosecutors said Caracciolo, 47, would be charged with traveling in interstate commerce for the purpose of illicit sex with a minor. That case is pending.
Caracciolo was arrested Aug. 28 and allegedly traveled between New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania to sexually assault the victim, who is now 13. The FBI probe began in August after it learned the Egg Harbor Township Police Department was investigating the pregnancy of the girl, who gave birth in April.
The juvenile victim, identified in court documents only as “Victim 1,” allegedly said Caracciolo – alias Joseph Crillo, Joseph Grillo, and Tony Gallardo, police add – repeatedly had sex with her from May through August, traveling from New York to the her father’s home in Egg Harbor Township, as well as taking her from New Jersey to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, noted the Metro.
The criminal complaint states Victim 1 agreed to let law enforcement monitor her communications with Caracciolo starting in August, and through them authorities say he allegedly admitted to fathering the child, referring to the girl’s baby as “our child” and “my daughter.”
According to a report from WPIX-TV in New York, Caracciolo very well may have preyed on other girls, so if you recognize him call the FBI (800-CALL-FBI). Authorities said since the early-to-mid 1990s he’s lived in Florida, California and New York, and traveled often to New Jersey, Connecticut, and Virginia.
In addition, the Metro said, Caracciolo has allegedly posed as a chef, pediatric dentist, business owner, salesman, electrician’s assistant, and even a cancer patient. His criminal history includes convictions for bigamy, larceny, and failure to register as a sex offender.
Caracciolo has several tattoos, including one that depicts a chef’s hat with the words “Top Chef” and a cancer ribbon with boxing gloves – both on his forearms – as well as the initials “AJ” on his inner left wrist, the letter “M” on his inner right wrist, the initials “NY” on his left upper arm and an “X” between the webbing of his thumb and index finger, the Metro reported.
Here’s a report from WPIX-TV after Caracciolo was initially arrested:
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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) was not shy about hitting back at Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who on Wednesday told NBC News that the congressman had “no intelligence.”
“Obviously, Senator McCain would be better off with ‘no intelligence’ since he does not know the Syrian opposition he met with is infested with al Qaeda and terrorist kidnappers,” Gohmert responded in a statement to the Daily Beast. “His ‘intelligence’ even caused him to support the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt that burned churches and killed Christians, as the senator stood against the will of the massive majority of Egyptians including moderate Muslims, Christians, and secularists who demanded the Muslim Brotherhood extremist persecutions must end.”
The two lawmakers’ disagreement stems from comments Gohmert made at the Values Voter Summit, where he argued that McCain supporting the rebels in Syria is no different than supporting al Qaeda, which has infiltrated the opposition. Though their differences don’t stop there politically.
“I heard just before I came some senator from Arizona,” Gohmert said, sparking laughter from the crowd. “A guy that liked Qadaffi before he wanted to bomb him, a guy that liked Mubarak before he wanted him out, a guy that’s been to Syria and supported Al-Qaeda and rebels.”
Though the Arizona senator’s office first refused to respond to Gohmert’s remarks, he came out strong against his fellow Republican on Wednesday.
“Sometimes those are, comments like that are made out of malice, but if someone has no intelligence, I don’t view it as being a malicious statement,” McCain said on NBC News. “You can’t respond to that kind of thing.”
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A Michigan church embroiled in the controversial case of a teacher who molested an eighth grade student has hotly denied that it supported the pedophile, and has now been vindicated by court documents.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Rose City publicly and unequivocally disputed the victim’s family’s claim that it posted bail for the child molester, Neal Erickson, before he was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison in July. The church’s congregation council released a statement saying they wish to make it known that “our congregation did NOT post his bail, nor were any church funds ever used to assist Mr. Erickson.”
And Gary Klacking, the Ogemaw County clerk, is backing up the church’s assertion.
Speaking with TheBlaze over the phone on Monday, Klacking said Toni Erickson, the former teacher’s wife, posted Erickson’s bond. When asked if Erickson was in and out of jail — whether there may have been multiple people who helped to secure his temporary freedom — Klacking said this was the only time bond was posted.
“I looked at [the paperwork] this morning and she posted it,” Klacking said. “I can tell you that for sure.”
He provided a copy of the bond sheet over email on Tuesday (TheBlaze removed the address of Erickson and his wife):
The claims against the church drew national attention last week when the victim’s father, John Janczewski, asked Glenn Beck on radio if he could believe that on top of everything else, a church “literally half a mile” from their home bailed out the child molester from jail.
“Prince of Peace Church,” Janczewski identified it, his wife later adding that it is a Lutheran church. “It’s just unbelievable.”
Glenn Beck and many of his listeners were understandably disgusted, and spoke out against the place of worship.
So how did the confusion happen?
TheBlaze spoke with the church’s pastor, Dan Stoneback, and asked if he had any idea why the family would believe his church aided the child molester.
Pastor Stoneback said he had “no idea…none whatsoever,” and that “no one was more shocked or more surprised” than he was at the claims.
When asked about the issue in light of the church’s denial, John Janczewski explained that the family has been under “so much stress” between the trial (and educators from the school requesting leniency for Erickson), their house being set on fire, his wife’s battle with cancer, and his own fight with multiple sclerosis that they can’t recall who told them the church posted Erickson’s bail.
The family is now squaring off against the local school board in Rose City over the continued employment of the teachers who requested leniency for Erickson.
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FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood targeted fellow soldiers in a meticulously planned attack that included stockpiling bullets and researching Taliban leaders calling for jihad, a military prosecutor said Tuesday during the opening day of the long-awaited trial.
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan spent time at a shooting range and purchased a pistol and extender kit to hold more ammunition before carrying out his plan to “kill as many soldiers as he could” while avoiding civilians, Col. Steve Henricks told jurors. The shooting, which killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others on the sprawling Texas military base, remains the deadliest mass shooting ever on a U.S. military installation.
Henricks alleged that Hasan didn’t want to deploy after getting his orders about three weeks before the shootings, and that “he came to believe he had a jihad duty to murder to his fellow soldiers.” The American-born Muslim later told a doctor at the base that, “`They’ve got another thing coming if they think they are going to deploy me,’” Henricks said.
But when it came time for him to speak, the 42-year-old Hasan – who is acting as his own attorney – countered prosecutors’ detailed portrait of the attack with a simple statement: “The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter.”
In writings and in previous court statements, Hasan indicated he wanted to argue that he carried out the shooting to defend the Taliban from American attacks – but the judge denied that strategy. During his 2-minute opening statement Tuesday, he touched on his religion, saying: “We are imperfect Muslims trying to establish the perfect religion. … I apologize for any mistakes I made in this endeavor.”
His statements highlighted the complexity of the military’s case. Hasan wanted to plead guilty to several counts of murder and attempted murder, but military rules prevent guilty pleas in death-penalty cases. Prosecutors are pursuing a death sentence, which are often overturned in military courts.
The trial is playing out amid high security at Fort Hood, where armed guards stood in doorways and 15-foot stacks of shock-absorbing barriers obscured the view of the courthouse. Jurors were told to prepare for a trial that could take months, and Hasan, who is in a wheelchair, needs regular breaks because he was paralyzed after being shot by officers responding to the shooting.
On the day of the attack, Hasan sat among his fellow soldiers preparing to deploy at a building on the sprawling Army base. He had masked the sound of his equipment by stuffing paper towels into the pockets of his cargo pants, Henricks said.
“All those fully loaded magazines do not clink, do not move, do not give him away,” the prosecutor told jurors, all military officers, during his opening statement. “He sits among the soldiers he’s about to kill with his head down.”
Hasan tried to clear the area of civilians, even walking over to a civilian data clerk to tell her she was needed elsewhere in the building because a supervisor was looking for her. The prosecutor said the clerk thought that was odd but went anyway.
“He then yelled ‘Allahu akbar!’ and opened fire on unarmed, unsuspecting and defenseless soldiers,” Henricks told the jury, noting that one of the soldiers who was killed had run after Hasan armed with only a chair.
When Hasan left the building, a civilian approached him and asked what was going on. Hasan told him not to worry about it, and the civilian “walks away from the encounter unscathed,” the prosecutor said. Hasan allegedly told another civilian it was a training exercise.
Hasan only shot at one civilian who tried to stop him, Henricks said.
Henricks also said Hasan picked the date of the attack – Nov. 5, 2009 – for a specific reason, though he didn’t immediately reveal details.
The first witnesses called by prosecutors worked at the gun shop where Hasan purchased his equipment, but Hasan chose not to question them. Dressed in green Army fatigues, Hasan mostly looked down or straight ahead, occasionally leafing through paperwork with his right hand while seated at the defense table.
Numerous requests have delayed the trial for years, including a fight over Hasan’s beard, which violates military regulations. The spat led to a stay shortly before his trial was expected to begin last year and the eventual replacement of the judge.
Hasan dismissed his attorneys earlier this year, and his brief opening statement on Tuesday mirrored his demeanor during jury selection last month when he did not speak often and asked only a few questions about religion.
Over the next several weeks, Hasan is expected to question witnesses and possibly present his own evidence – which will likely turn the trial into a faceoff between the gunman and his victims.
On the witness stand will be many of the more than 30 people who were wounded, plus dozens of others who were inside the post’s Soldier Readiness Processing Center. They’ve also said they saw Hasan shout “Allahu akbar!” – Arabic for “God is great!” – and opened fire on unarmed fellow soldiers.
The government has said that Hasan had sent more than a dozen emails starting in December 2008 to Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical U.S.-born Islamic cleric killed by a drone strike in Yemen in 2011.
Hasan has never denied carrying out the attack, and the facts of the case are mostly settled. But questions abound about how the trial will play out. How will Hasan question his victims? How will victims respond? How will his health hold up?
The defendant is paralyzed from the waist down. He requires 15- to 20-minute stretching breaks about every four hours, and he has to lift himself off his wheelchair for about a minute every half hour to avoid developing sores.
Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, who was wounded, is expected to testify. He said he looked forward to seeing Hasan, in a way.
“I’m not going to dread anything. That’s a sign of fear,” Lunsford said. “That man strikes no fear in my heart. He strikes no fear in my family. What he did to me was bad. But the biggest mistake that he made was I survived. So he will see me again.”
But Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning said he dreaded the expected confrontation.
“I have to keep my composure and not go after the guy,” said Manning, a mental health specialist who was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan with Hasan. “I’m not afraid of him, obviously. He’s a paralyzed guy in a wheelchair, but it’s sickening that he’s still living and breathing.”
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Done with this crap? So are we. But support from terror groupies and conspiracy nuts just keeps on comin’.
Alex Jones insisted the Boston Marathon bombing was a “false flag” operation, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s mother claims it was all a setup and twisted Twitterers continue to tweet their lust for the bombing suspect. As Twitchy reported, the movement to “free Jahar” is in full swing, led in part by future Infowars correspondent Troy Crossley, who shared this petition on Twitter.
Everyone sign the Petition to get Jahar a fair trial
The “Petition to guarantee Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the right to a fair trial” was posted at Change.org by Anita Temisheva, but chief Dzhokhar truther Crossley was among the first to push it on Twitter. The text of the delusional petition calls the Tsarnaev brothers “wrongfully accused” and implores President Obama to “end this persecution” before petitioners “see blood of yet another innocent victim.”
On Monday, the petition had attracted over 2,000 supporters. By Wednesday morning, the petition had over 10,000 signatures.
The full text of the petition:
We believe that within the chaos caused by the Boston Marathon explosion, two young men were wrongfully accused of something they did not do, and one of them has lost his life before even getting the opportunity of a proper trial. We do not wish to see blood of yet another innocent victim, someone who, by U.S. law, is innocent until proven guilty. It is vital to end this persecution, as all the conflicting information shown by the media, and footage from the incident, seen by people from all corners of the world, doesn’t manifest itself as enough evidence to condemn Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of this heinous crime. You promised to the world that you would get to the bottom of this, and we hope you keep your word. We want evidence. We want truth. We want justice.
Reminder: Tsarnaev reportedly admitted to authorities that he and his older brother, Tamerlan, carried out the attacks. But signatures are still coming in.
Here are some of the comments tagged as “most popular” on the Change.org petition:
I am not an extremist or anything like that, but at this moment I do believe this is a set-up.
I’m tired of the EVIL, and CORRUPT U.S. GOVERNMENT sacrificing innocent people with Domestic Terrorism committed by the CIA, FBI and their ‘Black Ops’ CRIMINALS. Look at the 9-11 Building Implosions, and highly Orchestrated “Sandy Hook shootings.” EXPOSE THE TRUTH about the REAL CRIMINALS!
There is no hard evidence ANYWHERE of him or his brother committing acts of terror.
Looks like supporters of the Tsarnaev brothers spend plenty of time on Infowars … just like Tamerlan Tsarnaev reportedly did.
Editor’s note: The title and text of this post have been updated to reflect that the petition surpassed 10,000 signatures just after 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday.