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The police officer whose head was smashed in a doorway by pro-Trump mob at US Capitol was injured and will be out of work ‘for a while’


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Britain urged to probe wealth of Russian family whose son had ‘world’s most expensive wedding’


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Mysterious green ooze on Michigan highway came from waste site whose owner is in prison

Mysterious green ooze on Michigan highway came from waste site whose owner is in prisonRight lanes will remain closed until Monday after hexavalent chromium oozed from the walls of a freeway in Michigan on Friday.



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Man whose info found on Jersey shooter nabbed on gun charge

Man whose info found on Jersey shooter nabbed on gun chargeA New Jersey man whose number was found in the back pocket of one of the perpetrators of last week’s fatal attack on a Jewish market has been arrested for illegally possessing a weapon, federal authorities said. A-Hady hasn’t been charged with providing any of the weapons used in Tuesday’s bloody rampage in Jersey City. David Anderson and Francine Graham killed Jersey City Police Det.



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Kentucky governor pardons killer whose family donated to his campaign days before leaving office

Kentucky governor pardons killer whose family donated to his campaign days before leaving officeThe outgoing Republican governor of Kentucky has sparked outrage after he pardoned a convicted killer whose family had hosted a fundraiser for the politician and given him money.Matt Bevin, who was defeated in his bid for re-election in November, has issued over 400 pardons in his final days in office.



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Kentucky: outgoing governor pardons killer whose brother hosted fundraiser

Kentucky: outgoing governor pardons killer whose brother hosted fundraiserPardons of violent offenders, including a child rapist and a man who beheaded a female victim, provoke widespread backlashDays after leaving office, the former Kentucky governor Matt Bevin is facing widespread backlash and calls for an investigation following a number of controversial pardons of violent offenders on his way out the door.Pardons are traditional at the end of a governor’s term – and most of the Republican’s more than 400 pardons were for drug offenses. But a number of the pardons were for particularly violent crimes, like a woman who gave birth in a flea market porta-potty and dumped her newborn into the toilet’s septic tank; a man who hired a hitman to murder his business partner in front of his family; a man convicted of beheading a woman and stuffing her body in a 55-gallon drum; a man convicted last year of raping a nine-year-old child; and a man convicted in a home invasion homicide whose brother hosted a fundraiser for the governor last year.In that last case, Patrick Baker was pardoned just two years into his 19-year sentence for an incident in which he and several others impersonated law enforcement officers to gain entry to a home before shooting and killing a man inside. Two others imprisoned for the crime were not pardoned, despite prosecutors saying that Baker was the one who pulled the trigger.In announcing the pardon, Bevin questioned the evidence presented in the case and the jury’s decision to convict Baker.“The evidence supporting his conviction is sketchy at best,” wrote Bevin in the pardon. “I am not convinced that justice has been served on the death of Donald Mills, nor am I convinced that the evidence has proven the involvement of Patrick Baker as murderer.”Bevin’s conclusion is starkly at odds with the judge who sentenced Baker, David Williams, who according to the Louisville Courier-Journal said: “I’ve never seen a more compelling or complete case … the evidence was just overwhelming.”Baker’s brother Eric hosted Bevin at a fundraiser for the then governor at his home last year, raising $ 21,500, according to the paper, which has sparked accusations that the pardon was a favor, not the righting of a wrongful conviction.In a letter to the Republican attorney general-elect, Daniel Cameron, on Friday, the Democratic senate minority leader, Morgan McGarvey, and the state representative Chris Harris asked for a special prosecutor or bipartisan special prosecuting team to investigate Bevin’s pardons, particularly the Baker pardon.The power to pardon “was granted to serve justice and hold public officeholders accountable, not to grant political favors to powerful friends and campaign donors”, they wrote. “The appearance of corruption in this instance is overwhelming and cannot be overlooked or brushed aside.”In the case of Micah Schoettle, who was found guilty last year of raping a nine-year-old girl, Bevin also lashed out against the evidence and the jury’s decision.“Micah Schoettle was tried and convicted of a heinous crime based only on testimony that was not supported by any physical evidence,” wrote Bevin in his pardon. “This case was investigated and prosecuted in a manner that was sloppy at best. I do not believe that the charges against Mr Schoettle are true.”Rob Sanders, the commonwealth’s attorney who prosecuted the case, told the Courier-Journal that Bevin’s pardon was an “irresponsible manipulation of the justice system”.“I guess Matt Bevin thinks he’s smarter than 12 citizens that heard the actual evidence,” he said. “I’ve got news for him: child molesting rarely happens in front of witnesses or leaves physical evidence. If we don’t pursue those cases, 99% of child rapists would never be prosecuted.”On Friday evening, Bevin responded to the controversy with a Twitter thread, defending the pardons by saying that he had spent “hundreds of hours” reviewing applications for pardons and saying that he would welcome anybody he pardoned as a “co-worker, neighbor, or to sit beside me or any member of my family in a church pew or at a public event”.He also appeared to lash out at those who accused him of corruption in pardoning Baker, whose brother hosted a fundraiser for him.“The myriad of statements and suggestions that financial or political considerations played a part in the decision making process, are both highly offensive and entirely false,” he said. “To repeat such uncorroborated rumors and lies is reprehensible.”But Bevin was finding few defenders, even within his own party.On Friday, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, said Bevin’s pardons were “completely inappropriate”.“I expect he had the power to do it, but looking at the examples of people who were incarcerated as a result of heinous crimes – no, I don’t approve of it,” the Republican senator told reporters in Kentucky’s capital of Frankfort.Bevin did not leave office quietly following his narrow loss to the Democrat Andy Beshear in last month’s election. Known as a pugnacious governor, Bevin, who campaigned with Donald Trump in the days leading up to the vote, disputed the election results and, without evidence, charged that widespread voter fraud occurred, a move that stoked rightwing conspiracy theories about the election.Beshear was sworn into office just after midnight on Tuesday, but his first days in office have been overshadowed by his predecessor’s pardons.On Thursday, Bevin told the Washington Post he was “a big believer in second chances” after the paper asked about the pardons.



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Bevin pardons include man whose brother held fundraiser

Bevin pardons include man whose brother held fundraiserFormer Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin issued a slew of pardons on his way out of office, granting relief to a convicted killer whose brother raised money for Bevin and another man who was convicted of a grisly murder in eastern Kentucky. Bevin, who lost to Democrat Andy Beshear last month in a close race, issued more than 400 pardons since the Nov. 5 election, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office. Bevin pardoned Delmar Partin, who was convicted of murdering his former lover and stuffing her headless body into a 55-gallon drum at a chemical plant in Barbourville in 1993.



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Meet the U.S. soldier whose portrait hangs over Checkpoint Charlie

Meet the U.S. soldier whose portrait hangs over Checkpoint CharlieWhen he saw himself immortalized above the well-known crossing point, he was "shocked"



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Taiwan Asks Hong Kong for Return of the Murder Suspect Whose Case Sparked Months of Protests

Taiwan Asks Hong Kong for Return of the Murder Suspect Whose Case Sparked Months of ProtestsChan Tong-kai is set to be released from prison in Hong Kong on Wednesday



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Hong Kong murder suspect whose case sparked political crisis released from prison

Hong Kong murder suspect whose case sparked political crisis released from prisonChan Tong-kai, the murder suspect whose case sparked a political crisis in Hong Kong, has been released after serving 18 months in prison. Mr Chan, a Hong Kong resident, is suspected of murdering his girlfriend, Poon Hui-wing, while on holiday in Taiwan last year. By the time Ms Poon’s body had been discovered hidden among park bushes, Mr Chan was back in Hong Kong, where he later confessed to the crime. He could not be easily extradited to face trial in Taiwan, despite requests from the island’s authorities, because no formal extradition agreement exists. Instead, Mr Chan, 20, was charged in Hong Kong with the lesser crime of money laundering, which landed him in prison. As his case unfolded, the Hong Kong government launched a new proposal in February that would explicitly permit extradition to other jurisdictions, and crucially, allow foreign and Chinese nationals – even those transiting through the city – to be sent to mainland China for trial. Chan Tong-kai, left, talks to the media as he is released from prison in Hong Kong Credit: AP City leaders said the extradition bill would plug a legal loophole highlighted by Mr Chan’s case. But the proposal immediately triggered backlash amongst activists, lawyers, and the business community, over concerns that exposure to China’s murky legal system would weaken Hong Kong’s longstanding autonomy. On Wednesday, Hong Kong authorities formally withdrew the bill. But after months of mass protests, activists have said it is far too little, too late. Violence is escalating, and protesters are demanding Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam to resign and for an independent inquiry into police handling of the protests. Hong Kong protests | Read more Ms Lam has thus far stood her ground, and China’s ruling Communist Party has thrown its weight behind her publicly. But as the crisis drags on, it appears Beijing may be starting to lose faith in her ability to handle the situation. The Chinese government is mulling plans to replace Ms Lam with an interim chief executive next year to sit out the remainder of her term, which will end in 2022, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing anonymous sources.    China's foreign ministry in Beijing, however, dismissed the report as mere rumours. “I want to say sorry to Poon Hiu-wing’s family,” Mr Chan told reporters Wednesday morning upon release. “I am willing to surrender myself to Taiwan and to face trial and serve the jail sentence there.” Authorities in Hong Kong and Taiwan, however, have yet to agree on how Mr Chan will travel to Taiwan. The Telegraph has learned that a group of informal mediators attempted Tuesday night to secure an 11th-hour compromise for escorting Mr Chan from Hong Kong to face trial in Taiwan, though Ms Lam’s office did not respond to the proposal.



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