North Carolina Democrat U.S. Senate Candidate Cheri Beasley has a “dangerous record of letting violent criminals off the hook,” the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) said Friday as it launched a $1 million advertising campaign against her ahead of the May 17 primaries.
Beasley, who served as chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court from 2019 to 2020 and had been an associate justice since 2012, is the leading Democrat candidate in the North Carolina race and could potentially face off in November against Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC), the GOP candidate leading his competitors by double digits. With both Budd and Beasley so far ahead of other candidates within their own party, the NRSC is likely looking ahead to the general election, hoping to find a weak spot in Beasley’s more left-leaning judicial record.
— Senate Republicans (@NRSC) May 13, 2022
The NRSC took aim at two of Beasley’s rulings in a video, titled “Victims,” the committee’s first advertisement of the 2022 cycle in North Carolina.
“They were victims of violent crimes, like murder and molestation — and Chief Justice Cheri Beasley failed to protect them,” the advertisement asserts. “The murderer who shot a boy in the face: Beasley vacated his death sentence. The man convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl: she threw out the indictment, and that’s just the beginning. We can’t trust Cheri Beasley to protect our families.”
The first case the NRSC mentioned is the murder of 17-year-old Erik Tornblom in Fayetteville in 1991. The North Carolina Supreme Court in 2020, led by Beasley, vacated the death sentence of Marcus Reymond Robinson, who was convicted of shooting Tornblom with a sawed-off shotgun, stealing his wallet, and dividing the $27 between him and another man, the Citizen-Times reported.
Robinson was notably the first of four people to use the state’s “controversial Racial Justice Act to be removed from death row” in 2012, according to the report. The law was repealed in 2013 and Robinson’s death penalty was reimposed in 2016. The state justices ruled 4-3 in favor of Robinson and Beasley wrote the majority opinion, saying Robinson’s “constitutional right against double jeopardy was violated when his death sentence was reimposed in 2016,” according to the Times.
Now-Chief Justice Paul Newby, who was an associate justice at the time and the lone Republican serving on the court, penned a dissent, accusing the four majority justices of “violating the norms of the appellate review and disregarding or distorting precedent as necessary to reach their desired result.”
“Apparently, in their view, the law is whatever they say it is,” Newby wrote.
The second case the NRSC referred to in its advertisement was State v. White, in which the North Carolina Supreme Court threw out an indictment against a man convicted of molesting a seven-year-old girl.
“Beasley wrote the majority opinion, reversing a unanimous ruling from the N.C. Court of Appeals,” The Carolina Journal reported on June 16, 2020. “Beasley and the Supreme Court’s majority ruled that the indictment failed to meet legal requirements for identifying the alleged crime’s victim.”
Newby objected to that ruling as well and criticized the other justices for putting so much emphasis on a “legal technicality.”
“Once again, a child victim must endure the emotional distress and indignities of another trial because of a purely legal technicality,” he wrote in dissent. “It is this type of legal gamesmanship which leads to cynicism about whether justice prevails in our criminal justice system.”
Beasley lost to Newby in the race for the chief justice position in 2020, and the dynamic of the court shifted from six Democrats and one Republican, to four Democrats and three Republicans. She announced her 2022 Senate campaign on April 27, 2021, “seeking to break another barrier as the state’s first Black senator,” CNN reported.
Recent polls have shown Beasley trailing behind Budd in a hypothetical general election matchup. An Emerson College Polling/the Hill survey released this week showed Budd leading Beasley 48 percent to 41 percent with ten percent undecided, should they both secure nominations from their respective parties.
Katherine Hamilton is a political reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow her on Twitter.
The World Economic Forum Deleted a Document Revealing That Wuhan’s Mayor Attended WEF Events.
The World Economic Forum has removed a document from its website, which revealed the attendance of the Mayor of the Chinese city of Wuhan – which hosts the lab believed to be responsible for COVID-19 – at one of its events.
Former Wuhan Mayor Tang Liangzhi is included on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) list of attendees to its 2013 “Meeting of the New Champions.” The event, hosted in China, is described by the WEF as the “premier gathering in Asia of leaders of multinational corporations [and] governments.” “The Meeting was held in close collaboration with the Government of the People’s Republic of China,” explains the WEF meeting summary.
A link containing a 42-page document, which revealed hundreds of attendees at the event, reroutes users to an error page reading “Apologies – this section of our website is currently unavailable.” An archived version of the webpage, however, reveals a document containing a list of the event’s participants, including the then-Mayor of the Wuhan Municipal Government Tang Liangzhi.
Tang, 61, served as Mayor of Wuhan from 2011 to 2014 before serving in the same role in other cities including Chengdu and Chongqing. He was later promoted in December 2021 to the Party Branch Secretary of the Anhui Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), which has been identified as the “highest-ranking entity overseeing” China’s United Front by the U.S. government.
The effort aims to “to co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling Chinese Communist Party” and “influence overseas Chinese communities, foreign governments, and other actors to take actions or adopt positions supportive of Beijing’s preferred policies.” The U.S. State Department also compares the United Front to the Chinese regime’s “magic weapon” to compromise Western politicians and elites.
Tang’s ties to Wuhan follow controversy of the city and one of its premier laboratories, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, potentially being the source of COVID-19. The lab, which is under the control of the Chinese Communist Party, manipulated bat coronaviruses with striking genetic similarities to COVID-19 to become deadlier to humans.
The WEF has also been accused of exploiting COVID-19 to advance its transformational social, political, and business agenda through its push for the “Great Reset.”
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CDC Warns Gay Men of Higher Monkeypox Risk as Disease Spreads at European Sex Parties
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Monday said that gay and bisexual men have a “greater chance” of catching monkeypox, adding that they make up a “notable fraction of cases” in the latest global outbreak.
“In some cases, during the early stages of illness, the rash has been mostly in the genital and perianal area,” CDC HIV/AIDS Division Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Brooks said. “In some cases, it has produced anal or genital lesions that look like other diseases like herpes or chickenpox or syphilis.”
While monkeypox can infect anyone, experts say, the outbreak is more prevalent among the LGBTQ+ community. “Anyone, anyone, can develop [and] spread monkeypox infection, but … many of those affected in the current global outbreak identified as gay and bisexual men,” Brooks said.
With LGBTQ+ Pride Month kicking off after Memorial Day weekend, experts at the CDC are warning the community about the potential to catch monkeypox.
“Some groups may have a greater chance of exposure right now, but by no means is the current risk of exposure to monkeypox exclusively to the gay and bisexual community in the U.S.,” he said.
The CDC added that monkeypox does not pose a great risk to the general community in America at this time.
“It is likely that there are going to be additional cases reported in the United States,” said Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, deputy director of the CDC’s Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology.
“What we’re trying to do by bringing attention to the fact that some of these cases have had a genital and perianal presentation is just to remind people that people may come in for an evaluation of what they think is an STD, but we’d like the provider to think ‘could it be monkeypox as well?’ if the circumstances fit the story,” Brooks added.
“Anyone can spread monkeypox [from] contact with body fluid or monkeypox sores or respiratory droplets when close to someone,” Brooks said.
Symptoms of monkeypox include “swollen lymph nodes, headache, fever, muscle aches and fatigue. The disease then progresses into a rash and lesions that blister and scab over. This can happen all over the body” for two to four weeks.
According to initial data, England, Spain, and Portugal have seen the most confirmed cases of monkeypox — a total of 134 with 60 more suspected — among other western countries including the Netherlands, Italy, France, Canada, Belgium, Israel, Australia, Sweden, Greece, Switzerland, and Austria.
Valiant News previously reported that UK health authorities are warning gay and bisexual men to be alert for monkeypox, a disease that they say has been spreading “in sexual networks” in the country.
Experts have since pinpointed a “leading theory” that original spread of the disease occurred through sexual transmission at raves held in Spain and Belgium.
In Madrid, which has seen 30 cases of the disease, authorities are now investigating a Gay Pride event in the Canary Islands as a potential source of their outbreak.
In Germany, four confirmed cases have been linked to exposure at “party events … where sexual activity took place” in Spain’s Canary Islands and in Berlin.
Thus far in the U.S., there has been one confirmed case of monkeypox in Massachusetts.
Six more suspected cases of the disease have been identified in Florida, New York, Utah and Washington state –with four of those expected to be confirmed soon, according to reports.
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T-Shirt Prompts Juror Dismissal in Parkland Shooter Nikolas Cruz’s Death Penalty Trial
Almost a dozen potential jurors were dismissed from the death penalty trial of Nikolas Cruz, after a teacher wore a t-shirt with a message dedicated to the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Cruz, who was 19 at the time, killed 17 people and wounded 17 others in a school shooting at the school in Parkland, Florida, in February 2018. After pleading guilty to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder, he is currently involved in his death penalty trial in Fort Lauderdale.
However, a t-shirt caused the dismissal of almost a dozen jurors on Monday. One potential juror, who identified herself as a teacher, wore a t-shirt during the selection of jurors for the Cruz trial that was emblazoned with the slogan, “Teachers Strong #neveragain #msdstrong.” The t-shirt was in burgundy, the colours of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Assistant Public Defender Melisa McNeill first drew attention to the t-shirt, with the juror saying that the teachers “all wore them after” the shooting in 2018. “Do you know if other jurors saw you with your shirt on or were you apart from people?” McNeill asked. “I was standing with them, so I’m sure they saw me,” the juror answered.
“I am also a teacher, and I don’t think that I would be really a good fit for this case,” the juror said. She also claimed that she suffers from a supposed medical condition that allegedly prevents her from sitting down “for long periods of time.”
After she was excused for her “medical hardship,” 10 other jurors were dismissed from the Cruz case over her t-shirt. “If it’s 10 jurors that we’re going to let go, that’s better than having an issue that causes this case to get reversed over something like this,” McNeill said. “I know it is an inconvenience Judge but it is either an inconvenience now, or it is going to be an inconvenience later.”
Assistant State Attorney Michael Satz agreed with the decision to remove not only the potential juror, but the whole group who had been with her, “out of an abundance of caution.”
Unsurprisingly, Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer was not pleased with the actions of the potential juror. “She obviously did that on purpose to get out of jury duty,” Judge Scherer said. “I’m just saying, I think it was irresponsible.”
The bailiff has been instructed to watch out for any clothing issues with further jurors, and pull them aside before they enter the rest of the potential juror pool.
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