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LAPD officer pleads not guilty to multiple rape charges after 'cold hit' DNA match

LAPD officer pleads not guilty to multiple rape charges after 'cold hit' DNA matchA Los Angeles Police Department officer arrested on multiple sexual assault charges has pleaded not guilty, prosecutors announced Thursday.



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Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein pleads not guilty to sex-trafficking claims that 'shock the conscience'

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein pleads not guilty to sex-trafficking claims that 'shock the conscience'Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire financier, was charged with sex-trafficking and related offenses in a federal indictment unsealed Monday.



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Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher Found Not Guilty of Murdering Teen ISIS Prisoner

Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher Found Not Guilty of Murdering Teen ISIS PrisonerHandout/ReutersA decorated Navy SEAL accused of several war crimes—including fatally stabbing a teenage Islamic State prisoner in 2017—was found not guilty of murder on Tuesday. Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, 39, was cleared of the most serious charges against him—including murder and attempted murder—but the seven-person jury found him guilty of wrongfully posing for an unofficial picture with a human casualty. Gallagher, who reportedly faces a maximum sentence of four months behind bars, was expected to walk out of the courtroom Tuesday afternoon alongside his wife. He has already served 201 days.Marc Mukasey, one of his defense attorneys, told reporters outside the courtroom that Gallagher had “tears of joy” when he heard the verdict. “Freedom,” Mukasey, who is also President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, said on Tuesday. “Huge victory. Huge weight off the Gallagher's. Huge victory for justice.”The veteran, who served in eight overseas deployments, was charged in September with over a dozen offenses for allegedly shooting multiple Iraqi civilians in 2017—including a school-aged girl—and fatally stabbing an injured ISIS teen who was receiving medical treatment. After the stabbing, Gallagher held a “reenlistment ceremony” next to the body and took photos with it, prosecutors alleged.Military Prosecutors Accused of Spying in Navy SEAL’s War-Crimes Case“He stabbed that wounded ISIS fighter to death, and then he celebrated that stabbing,” Navy prosecutor Lt. Brian John said in his opening statements. “He celebrated that murder.”Gallagher’s case has captivated the nation and attracted the attention of several lawmakers, including President Donald Trump, who had suggested that he was considering a pardon. It’s notoriously difficult to bring charges against military officials since allegations must be vetted by enlisted superiors and “in-house” court proceedings are notoriously secret. The 39-year-old veteran was turned in by members of his platoon after allegedly bragging about several slayings. “He systematically tried to intimidate those who had the courage to report him,” John said, adding that Gallagher began a smear campaign against his platoon, posting several names on social media and labeling them “cowards in combat.”Navy prosecutors argued during the two-week-long trial in San Diego military court that the Navy SEAL—who was with his platoon on May 3 helping Iraqi troops drive out ISIS fighters from the city of Mosul—briefly treated the teenager in the field before stabbing him in the neck.“We’re not ISIS. When we capture someone and they’re out of the fight, that’s it. That’s where the line is drawn,” Navy prosecutor Cmdr. Jeff Pietrzyk said during his closing statements on Monday after acknowledging the ISIS teen would have probably “done anything in his power to kill an American.”Gallagher’s old roommate, Lt. Thomas MacNeil, testified that while helping Iraqi troops, he heard a radio transmission that an airstrike had left an ISIS fighter wounded. “I heard Chief Gallagher announce, ‘Lay off, he’s mine,’” MacNeil said.At the SEAL’s Mosul compound, Gallagher, who was once a Navy medic, approached the teenager to treat his collapsed lung—footage of which was shown to the jury. Once his colleague left the scene, prosecutors allege Gallagher pulled out his knife and began to “repeatedly stab the prisoner in the neck.”“I saw him stab the prisoner. I saw him stab him in the neck,” Navy SEAL Craig Miller, who was in Gallagher’s platoon at the time, told the jury last week. Miller echoed several other members who said they’d witnessed the slaying, which was documented in the reenlistment ceremony photos shown in court. One photograph, in which several members of the team can be seen gathered around the teenager’s body, was later attached to a text message Gallagher sent to friends, with the caption: “Good story behind this. Got him with my hunting knife.” In another photo, Gallagher is seen holding the teenager by his hair with one hand and a knife in the other.“The government’s evidence in this case is Chief Gallagher’s words, Chief Gallagher’s pictures, Chief Gallagher’s SEALs,” Pietrzyk said on Monday.Gallagher’s defense team, however, argued the allegations emerged after the team returned to San Diego and stemmed from disgruntled subordinates who felt their “harsh” platoon commander didn’t deserve a Silver Star or to be promoted.Tim Parlatore, his attorney, said the ISIS fighter died from injuries sustained in the airstrike, noting Iraqi forces had been with the “curly hair” teenager for two hours before Gallagher was able to treat him. “This case is not about murder. It’s about mutiny,” Parlatore said in his opening statement, adding there was no trace of blood found on Gallagher’s knife. “This is a group of disgruntled sailors that didn’t like being told that they were cowards. So, they conspired to take down the Chief. They made up the story and that’s why we are here.”Navy SEALs Testify Their Chief Shot Girl, Man in IraqThe text message, Parlatore argued, was in “dark humor,” but does not prove Gallagher committed any crime. “Was the photo in poor taste? Probably,” Parlatore told jurors in his opening statement. “Was the photo evidence of murder? No.”In a dramatic twist last week, however, a fellow Navy SEAL testified that it was he, not Gallagher, who killed the ISIS fighter as an act of mercy to save the teenager further pain from ISIS.The medic, Special Operator First Class Corey Scott, testified last Thursday that while Gallagher stabbed the ISIS fighter in the neck, the wound was not life threatening. Once Gallagher walked away, Scott said, he pressed his thumb over the prisoner’s breathing tube until he died to save him from possible torture by Iraqi forces.“I knew he was going to die anyway, and wanted to save him from waking up to whatever would have happened to him,” said Scott, who was granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony.Scott’s testimony was heavily scrutinized by prosecutors, who said that during his six interviews with Navy investigators, the medic had never so much as hinted that he committed the crime. “You can stand up there, and you can lie about how you killed the ISIS prisoner so Chief Gallagher does not have to go to jail,” John said in court, accusing Scott of changing his story after receiving the immunity. The Navy SEAL medic, after looking at Gallagher, told the jury his colleague has “a wife and family. I don’t think he should spend the rest of his life in prison.” A Navy spokesperson told The Daily Beast on Tuesday they are “reviewing” Scott’s testimony to determine whether he will face perjury charges for lying to investigators before taking the stand.“He [Corey Scott] changed his account to assist Chief Gallagher,” Pietrzyk said in court Monday. “He had his ‘I am Spartacus’ moment because he thought it would assist Chief Gallagher.”Fox News Host Pete Hegseth Privately Lobbied Trump to Pardon Accused War CriminalsGallagher was cleared of the most serious charges against him after months of internal court turmoil and a judge’s order to remove the lead prosecutor in the case after a bungled attempt to hack into the defense lawyer’s emails to allegedly find the source of leaks to the press.The judge, Capt. Aaron Rugh, ruled last month the hacking attempt violated Gallagher’s constitutional rights. As a result, Rugh reduced his maximum sentence to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Unlike civilian criminal trials, military court trials are based on charges brought up by other military officials and court proceedings are considered “in-house.” The jury, which included a Navy SEAL and four Marines, plus a Navy commander and a Marine chief warrant officer, was directed and overseen by a Navy judge. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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US Navy SEAL found not guilty of murder in war crimes trial

US Navy SEAL found not guilty of murder in war crimes trialA decorated US Navy SEAL was found not guilty Tuesday of murdering a captive teenage militant in Iraq, the most serious of the charges brought against him during a two-week war crimes trial in San Diego. Edward Gallagher, 40, was likewise acquitted of two counts of attempted murder against Iraqi civilians, but was convicted of posing for a photograph beside the corpse of the captive Islamic State (IS) group fighter. The maximum sentence he could face is four months imprisonment, meaning he is set to walk free following Tuesday's verdict on account of the nine months he has already served in pre-trial confinement.



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US Navy SEAL found not guilty of murder in war crimes trial

US Navy SEAL found not guilty of murder in war crimes trialA decorated US Navy SEAL was found not guilty Tuesday of murdering a captive teenage militant in Iraq, the most serious of the charges brought against him during a two-week war crimes trial in San Diego. Edward Gallagher, 40, was likewise acquitted of two counts of attempted murder against Iraqi civilians, but was convicted of posing for a photograph beside the corpse of the captive Islamic State (IS) group fighter. The jury found Gallagher “not guilty of murder, not guilty of stabbing, not guilty of shooting, not guilty of all those things, they found him guilty of taking a photograph,” Timothy Parlatore, one of Gallagher’s attorney’s, told journalists outside the courthouse.



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Hedge-Fund Heir Found Guilty of Murdering Father After Allowance Was Cut

Hedge-Fund Heir Found Guilty of Murdering Father After Allowance Was CutThomas Gilbert Jr., the adult son of a successful New York City hedge-fund manager, has been found guilty of the 2015 murder of his father after an alleged dispute over his weekly allowance.The New York jury reportedly found him guilty of three out of four charges, including “second-degree murder and weapon possession charges.” Gilbert’s five-week trial had been delayed in the years since the murder in order to determine whether or not he was mentally fit to stand trial.After undergoing four mental evaluations, one of which came back inconclusive, Gilbert, now 34, was eventually deemed fit to stand trial. He declined to appear in person for much of the trial, but was present for closing arguments on Wednesday.According to the New York Post, he faces up to life in prison and is set to be sentenced on Aug. 9.Is This Hedge-Fund Heir Insane or a Stone-Cold Killer?On January 4, 2015, Thomas Gilbert Jr. unexpectedly arrived at his parents' posh apartment in Manhattan’s Turtle Bay neighborhood, just hours after his father had told him that he was slashing his weekly allowance to $ 300. He told his mother, Shelley Gilbert, that he needed “to talk business” with his dad, Thomas Gilbert Sr., a founding managing partner at Wainscott Capital, a lucrative New York hedge fund. He then sent his mother out of the apartment to fetch him a sandwich and a Coke. Gilbert allegedly knew his mom didn’t keep the soda in the apartment, so she would have to go out to get it—leaving him alone with his dad. When his mother returned, she found the elder Gilbert shot in the head with a gun on his chest. His left hand was on the handle, “as if someone wanted it to appear it was suicide,” Craig Ortner, an assistant district attorney with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, said during the trial. Surveillance video shows the younger Gilbert, wearing a hoodie and carrying a gym bag, enter and leave his parent’s apartment building within a 15-minute span.After Shelley Gilbert discovered her husband shot in their apartment, and her son nowhere to be found, she called 911.“My husband is, I think, dead,” she told the operator, audibly distraught. When the operator asked her who had shot her husband, Gilbert responded: “My son—who is nuts. But I didn’t know he was this nuts,” she said. “I had no idea he was this nuts.”Gilbert Jr.’s former therapist, Susan Evans, who saw him for several years before the shooting, testified during the trial that he suffered from paranoid thoughts that were “interfering” with his ability to function. In the months before the incident, Evans recommended that he be screened for paranoid schizophrenia. Other former doctors testified that they prescribed him antipsychotic medication, but Evans said that Tommy did not take the medications regularly.Prosecutors argued that while he may have had issues, none of the doctors who had treated Tommy over the years had ever recommended anything in addition to therapy and medication.The jury was tasked with deciding whether Gilbert was unable to distinguish right from wrong at the time he shot and killed his father, a fact that was not disputed by the defense. Clothes, Sponges Stained With Missing Mom Jennifer Dulos’ Blood Found in Trash Cans: PoliceBefore his father’s murder, Gilbert Jr. lived a comfortable life by any measure. He attended prep school in Manhattan, boarding school in Massachusetts, and graduated as a legacy from Princeton University. His psychological problems allegedly began after he graduated from college. According to Ortner, Gilbert spent most of his post-grad life in the Hamptons, “surfing, playing tennis, working out, and partying.” His parents paid the rent at his apartment in Manhattan’s expensive Chelsea neighborhood, took care of his car payments, auto insurance, and “even paid his parking tickets for him.” All on top of a whopping $ 1,000 per week allowance.In an attempt to make his son financially independent, the elder Gilbert began reducing his son’s weekly allowance in 2014. Around that same time, according to prosecutors, Gilbert Jr.’s computer history shows he began searching online for a hit man.The deposits first shrunk from $ 1,000 to $ 800, then to $ 600. Hours before he was killed, Gilbert Sr. cut his son’s allowance down to $ 300.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Driver in horrific motorcycle crash pleads not guilty as details emerge

Driver in horrific motorcycle crash pleads not guilty as details emergeA pickup driver accused of slamming into a group of motorcycles entered a not guilty plea Tuesday in New Hampshire on 7 counts of negligent homicide.



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Neo-Nazi linked to group who said Prince Harry was a race traitor for marrying Meghan pleads guilty

Neo-Nazi linked to group who said Prince Harry was a race traitor for marrying Meghan pleads guiltyTwo teenage neo-Nazis, linked to a group that called Prince Harry a "race traitor"  for marrying Mehgan Markle, are facing jail after admitting terror charges. Polish national, Michal Szewczuk, 19, admitted two counts of encouraging terrorism and five of possessing documents that could be useful to a terrorist, when he appeared at the Old Bailey. His co-defendant, Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski, 18, had previously pleaded guilty to encouraging terrorism. The charges relate to a neo-Nazi group called the Sonnenkrieg Division, which posted extreme racist material on the GAB social media platform. In one post, a picture of the Duke of Sussex was set against a swastika with a gun pointing at his head and the slogan: "See ya later, race traitor!" The group is an off shoot of the American Atomwaffen Division, which encourages terrorism and worships Adolf Hitler and Charles Manson. Szewczuk, who used an online pseudonym, posted comments that called for the "systematic slaughter" of women.  He also pleaded guilty to five charges relating to the possession of bomb making documents and other extremist terrorist material. At an earlier hearing, prosecutor Jessica Hart described how Szewczuk and Dunn-Koczorowski had shared the Sonnenkrieg Gab account, with both posting from the same account at different times. Judge Rebecca Poulet QC warned both teenagers they could face custody when they return to court for sentencing on 17 June.



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Two more defendants agree to plead guilty in college admissions bribery case

Two more defendants agree to plead guilty in college admissions bribery caseA former women's soccer assistant coach at USC and another parent have agreed to plead guilty in the nation's college admissions bribery case.



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The Latest: Test taker pleads guilty in college bribery scam

The Latest: Test taker pleads guilty in college bribery scamBOSTON (AP) — The Latest on dozens of people charged in the sweeping college admissions scam (all times local):



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