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According to HuffPost, one of the lawyers on the second impeachment trial team of Donald Trump previously used racial stereotypes to kick Black people off a jury, claiming that one of them “shucked and jived” in court.

Greg Harris is one of four lawyers in South Carolina who make up Trump’s impeachment team’s “core.”

Harris will be defending a former racist president who inspired a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob that included a large contingent of white supremacists.

In 1989, when Harris served as an assistant solicitor in South Carolina’s 5th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office, the South Carolina Supreme Court found that he had used racial stereotypes to strike two Black jurors during a DUI trial.

Though the South Carolina Supreme Court didn’t explicitly name Harris in the ruling, HuffPost confirmed that he was the prosecutor in question. In the DUI case, Philip Mace, the counsel for the Black female claimant, told HuffPost that Harris used nine out of 10 of his strikes against Black prospective jurors over the course of two trials.

Mace said, “When I challenged him on it, Greg said he didn’t have a racist or discriminatory bone in his body. I remember that.”

In one case, Harris struck a 43-year-old Black juror who he believed walked too slow, spoke too low, and was somewhat old. In another case, during jury selection, he told the trial judge he hit another prospective juror because he was unemployed and “seemed disinterested.” But he added a racial stereotype as well.

Harris told the court, “I watched him as he walked from the jury panel to the microphone, and I have noted that he ― he shucked and jived is what I had. That’s just my analysis of the way he walked up here.”

Initially, the trial judge at the time didn’t find Harris’s use of a stereotype to be a pattern of racial discrimination and that Harris had articulated racially neutral motives for striking jurors.

The South Carolina Supreme Court disagreed.

Although unemployment was held up as a race-neutral reason for hitting a juror, as was the case in many jurisdictions, the South Carolina Supreme Court found the use of a racial stereotype “troublesome” by Harris and proof of deliberate discrimination.

“The trial court failed to inquire into or comment on the prosecutor’s explanation that the juror was struck because he ‘shucked and jived.’ The use of this racial stereotype is evidence of the prosecutor’s subjective intent to discriminate,” the court ruled in 1989.

The Supreme Court ruled that if defendants bring an equal protection argument based on the unfair use of peremptory challenges, the limited number of objections that lawyers can make about proposed jurors without giving a reason prosecutors need to provide a race-neutral justification of their jury strikes.

South Carolina, like America, has a violent history of racism and white supremacy. Mace said the state Supreme Court ruling was a “great decision” that resulted in a “sea change.”

“It was not a difficult argument to make,” Mace said. “I came out of it with a little paper certificate from the ACLU, and Greg got a promotion to assistant United States attorney.”

Harris actually went on to serve in South Carolina as a federal prosecutor. He is also the former chairman of the South Carolina Ethics Commission and “has been involved in a number of high-profile cases and clients,” including serving as an expert witness for former Gov. Nikki Haley.

Mace said that Harris is a “pretty competent lawyer.” He was less generous to former South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon.

“Charlie, as attorney general, all he did was push to keep the Confederate flag flying over the state Capitol dome and to keep women out of The Citadel military college,” Mace said. “I’d bring Rudy Giuliani back before I’d employ Charlie Condon as my attorney.”

Adding that Harris is “probably very, very conservative,” but he’d consider hiring Harris if he were in serious criminal trouble.

“But I’m a white guy,” he added.




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Former NFL Player Kellen Winslow II Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison

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Former NFL football player Kellen Winslow II was sentenced to 14 years in prison under a plea deal on Wednesday. He was convicted for multiple rapes and sexual offenses against five Southern California women. 

According to the New York Post, Winslow, 37, was convicted on charges of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit rape, indecent exposure, and lewd conduct in public. He will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. 

He appeared in court virtually at the hearing in San Diego Superior Court in Vista, California. At the advice of his attorneys, Winslow did not speak before his sentencing.

San Diego County Superior Court Judge Blaine Bowman said Winslow could only be described with “two words, and that is sexual predator,” according to the outlet, and called his crimes “brazen.” Bowman also said that he preyed on vulnerable women, saying, “The vulnerability of the victims was no accident.”

The son of former San Diego Chargers Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow exposed himself to his 57-year-old-neighbor, who was gardening. He also performed a lewd act in front of a 77-year-old woman at a gym while concealing his ankle bracelet with a towel. 

The forcible rape involved a homeless Encinitas woman who was one of the four women who gave victim impact statements on Wednesday.

“It’s affecting my life every day and every night,” she said. “I don’t ever feel safe inside or outside. You brought so much damage to my life.”

All of the women who spoke described the emotional trauma they experienced due to the attacks and how it has impacted their lives.

But that jury failed to agree on other charges, including the alleged 2018 rape of a 54-year-old hitchhiker and the 2003 rape of an unconscious 17-year-old high school senior who went to a party with him when he was 19, according to The Post. Before he was retried on those charges, he pleaded guilty to raping the teen and to the sexual battery of the hitchhiker.

Last month, both sides agreed to drop the sexual battery charge down to assault with intent to commit rape. In doing so, the maximum sentence was reduced to 14 years from the 18 years Winslow initially faced.

At one point in his career, Winslow was one of the highest-paid tight ends in the NFL. A first-round pick, he played for the Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, and the New York Jets. His last season playing football was in 2013.




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Rapper Bun B Calls Texas Governor ‘Bat Sh*t Crazy’ for Lifting Mask Mandate

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Legendary rapper Bun B called out Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott for reopening the entire state and lifting mask mandates.

Gov. Abbott sparked outrage on Tuesday when he announced he was ending Covid-19 restrictions and lifting the mask mandate.

Abbott said all businesses in the state will reopen fully by March 10.

Many praised the governor for his courage and bravery, but Bun B and others expressed outrage and fear that the Covid-19 death rate would escalate despite the availability of Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.

Bun B wrote on Instagram: “This is bat sh*t crazy @govabbott and you know it. As if you didn’t already have enough blood on your hands. SMFH.”

The rapper referred to Gov. Abbott’s response to the recent winter storms that knocked out power to millions of residents and resulted in dozens of deaths.

Bun B took a disrespectful tone, stating Gov. Abbott is “not even Worried bout the people….. He Gotta Get Up Out Of Office… @governorabbott.”

Meanwhile, Joe Biden criticized Abbott and other governors who chose to reopen their states and lift mask mandates. Biden called the decision “Neanderthal thinking.”

Gov. Abbott struck back on Twitter by accusing the president of “recklessly releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants who have COVID into Texas communities.”

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A Pack Of Dogs Mauled A Woman To Death After Escaping From Neighbor’s Yard

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A woman was killed by a pack of dogs that allegedly escaped from a neighbor’s yard. 

According to Newsweek, a pack of “vicious” dogs attacked a woman identified as Deann Stephenson last month, and now her family is pursuing legal action. On February 15 in the afternoon, Stephenson was walking to a corner store in Porter, Texas, when four dogs attacked her, KPRC-TV reports. 

Newsweek reports that dogs seemed to have escaped from a neighbor’s front yard. The woman died after she was taken to Montgomery County’s Kingwood Hospital. Stephenson and her family had just moved to the area about a year before the incident. Stephenson leaves behind her husband, who is disabled, and one son. 

No details about the woman’s injuries or the breed of the dogs have been clarified. The family has hired Patrick O’Hara in their legal suit. “No criminal charges have been filed against the dog owner. This is horrific, these dogs should have been put down years ago and I believe that blood is on the hands of Montgomery County,” O’Hara told KPRC-TV on March 1. 

According to interviews from the victim’s neighbors, the same dogs have also attacked other residents in the community, one of which was a child. O’Hara, who facilitated the interviews, said he would be filing a lawsuit this week. No defendant has been confirmed. Stephenson’s son and relatives believe the owners should be held responsible. 

“I believe my mom deserves justice. She always took care of me. I think she would want me to fight for her,” said Keaton Clark.




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