Since the day after the deadly Jan. 6 riots on the U.S. Capitol, former President Donald Trump’s social media accounts have been silent — muzzled for inciting violence using the platforms as online megaphones.
On Wednesday, his fate on Facebook, the biggest social platform around, will be decided. The company’s quasi-independent Oversight Board will announce its ruling around 9 a.m. EST. If it rules in Trump’s favor, Facebook has seven days to reinstate the account. If the board upholds Facebook’s decision, Trump will remain “indefinitely” suspended.
The defense attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of killing George Floyd has requested a new trial, saying the court abused its discretion on several points and that the verdict should be impeached because of jury misconduct, according to a court document filed Tuesday.
Derek Chauvin, who is white, was convicted last month of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 25, 2020, killing of Floyd.
In his request for a new trial, defense attorney Eric Nelson said Judge Peter Cahill abused the discretion of the court and violated Chauvin’s right to due process and a fair trial by denying Nelson’s request to move the trial to another county due to pretrial publicity. He also said Cahill abused his discretion when he denied an earlier request for a new trial based on publicity during the proceedings. Nelson also took issue with Cahill’s refusal to sequester the jury for the trial or admonish them to avoid all media.
Nelson asked the judge to impeach the verdict on the grounds that the jury committed misconduct, felt pressured, and/or failed to adhere to jury instructions, though the filing did not include details about that assertion.
CNN analyst Rick Santorum’s claim that he misspoke during a recent speech when he said there was “nothing here” when the United States was founded does not appear to have diminished anger against him.
The National Congress of American Indians on Tuesday renewed calls for CNN to fire the former Pennsylvania senator. The group’s president, Fawn Sharp, called Santorum arrogant for comments made to Chris Cuomo on Monday night.
“I was optimistic he would own it ... and he would apologize,” Sharp said, “but he did none of those things.”
As of press time, CNN had yet to comment on Santorum’s remarks in an April 23 speech before Young America’s Foundation. There has been no indication of a change in status for Santorum.
In his speech, Santorum said immigrants created a nation based on the Judeo-Christian ethic from a blank slate.
“We birthed a nation from nothing,” he said. “Yes, there were Native Americans, but there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture.”
On Cuomo’s show, Santorum said he “misspoke” in the sense that it wasn’t clear that he was speaking in the context of the founding of the U.S. government.
“People say I’m trying to dismiss what happened to the Native Americans,” he said. “Far from it. The way we treated Native Americans was horrific.”