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16-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Killing 4 in High School Shooting

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6-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Killing 4 in High School Shooting

A 16-year-old pled guilty Monday to terrorism and first-degree murder in connection with a Michigan school shooting that killed four students, and he could be summoned to testify against his parents, who are being held on manslaughter charges for their apparent role in the disaster.

Nearly a year after the High School attack in southeastern Michigan, Ethan Crumbley, 16, pled guilty to all 24 charges. As assistant prosecutor Marc Keast outlined the crimes, some victims’ families sobbed in the gallery.

When questioned if he “knowingly, wilfully, and deliberately” chose to shoot other students, Crumbley said, looking down and nodding in agreement.

The prosecutor’s office said no deals were struck before Monday’s plea over the school shooting.

In Michigan, a first-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence, but adolescents are entitled to a hearing where their attorney can argue for a reduced sentence and the possibility of parole.

“We are not aware of any other example, anywhere in the country,” Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said.

The adolescent abandoned his desire to file an insanity defence and repeatedly admitted to Judge Kwame Rowe that he understood the severe punishments.

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Parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, are in jail on involuntary manslaughter charges over the school shooting, accused of allowing their son access to the pistol and neglecting his need for mental health treatment.

Paulette Michel Loftin, Ethan Crumbley’s lawyer, said he would probably be called to testify against them. She stated that they had a no-contact order and that he hadn’t talked to his mother or father.

Parents have rarely been charged in school shootings, even though the guns used are frequently obtained from a parent’s or close relative’s house.

On social media, Jennifer Crumbley described the rifle as a “Christmas present” for her son.

On Monday, Ethan Crumbley confessed under questioning that he paid for the rifle with his own money, which his father purchased for him on November 26, just a few days before the incident. He also admitted that the firearm was “not locked” in a container or safe when he took it to school that morning.

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He was only 15 years old at the time of the school shootings and had no disciplinary issues at the school, about 30 miles (50 kilometres) north of Detroit, but his behaviour earlier that day prompted concerns.

A teacher discovered a gun sketch with the words, “The thoughts won’t stop.” Please assist me.” There was a bullet image with the words “Blood everywhere.”

According to investigators, the couple refused to take their son home that day but were told to get him into counselling within 48 hours.

That day, Ethan Crumbley brought a 9mm Sig Sauer handgun and 50 rounds of ammo to school in his backpack. He entered a bathroom, drew his firearm, and began shooting. Deputies stormed in within minutes, and he surrendered without a fight.

A teacher had noticed Ethan Crumbley looking for ammunition on his phone the day before. The school phoned Jennifer Crumbley, who texted her son, “Lol. I’m not upset with you. “You must learn not to get caught,” the prosecutor’s office warned.

Sheriff Michael Bouchard told reporters on Monday that Ethan Crumbley was apprehended with 18 rounds of ammunition still in his possession.

“I believe he would have fired all of them if he hadn’t been interrupted by deputies going right in,” said Bouchard, who also dubbed Ethan Crumbley a “twisted and terrible person.”

“I hope he receives life without the possibility of parole,” the sheriff continued. “He has forever taken four precious beings’ lives and has permanently affected many more.”

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Prosecutors revealed that Ethan Crumbley had hallucinations about demons and was obsessed with weaponry and Nazi propaganda earlier this year.

“In other words, they created an environment in which their son’s aggressive instincts thrived.” “They knew their son was unstable, so they got him a pistol,” prosecutors wrote in a court document.

His parents stated they were unaware of their son’s intention to commit a school shooting. They further deny that the rifle was simple to obtain at home.

Madisyn Baldwin, Tate Myre, Hana St. Juliana, and Justin Shilling died, and six other kids and a teacher were injured. Ethan Crumbley admitted guilt to seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possessing a weapon in the commission of a felony, in addition to the counts of first-degree murder and terrorism causing death.

The judge set Feb. 9 as the start date for hearings to determine whether he will be sentenced to life without parole or receive a reduced sentence with the possibility of release owing to his age.

His attorneys can present several mitigating circumstances, such as family life and mental health. Prosecutors did not indicate in court whether they would seek a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Loftin stated that the adolescent is sorry: “He’s taking responsibility for his acts.” “I don’t think there are any words that could make them feel any better,” she added of the victims.

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Meghan Gregory, whose son Keegan was hiding in a school toilet with Justin Shilling when Shilling was tragically shot, told reporters after the hearing that seeing Crumbley in person was difficult.

Her son declined to attend, but she requested a link to the live stream so he could watch the hearing from afar.

“He struggles with the idea of being in the same room with me,” Gregory explained. “I mean, he held him captive for about six minutes.”

On behalf of multiple victims’ families, Detroit attorney Ven Johnson said Monday’s plea was “one small step forward on a long route towards securing full justice for our clients.” Johnson is suing the Oxford school district and the Crumbley family.

“We will battle until the truth about what went wrong leading up to this tragedy is disclosed, and who, including Crumbley’s parents and various Oxford Community Schools staff, could and should have prevented it,” Johnson said in a statement.

Wolf Mueller, another lawyer representing victims’ families, called Ethan Crumbley’s admission that he bought the rifle with his own money “quite astounding to hear” and a “staggering revelation.”

“What he did was cold-blooded,” Mueller added. “And, while he may have been dealt a lousy hand with the parents, it was still his choice to cause pain and bring tragedy to Oxford.”

Source: AP, VOR News

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Judge Rules Donald Trump Defrauded Banks And Insurers While Building Real Estate Empire

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NEW YORK — On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency, and he ordered that some of the former president’s companies be removed from his control and dissolved.

In a civil lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that Trump and his company deceived banks, insurers, and others by grossly overvaluing his assets and inflating his net worth on documents to secure agreements and loans.

As punishment, Engoron ordered that some of Trump’s business licenses be revoked, making it difficult or impossible for them to conduct business in New York, and he stated that an independent monitor would continue to supervise Trump Organisation operations.

Without a successful appeal, the order would revoke Trump’s authority to make strategic and financial decisions regarding several of his most valuable properties in the state.

Trump railed against the decision in several statements, labeling it “un-American” and part of an ongoing plot to harm his reelection campaign.

He wrote on his Truth Social site, “My civil rights have been violated, and a federal or state appellate court must reverse this horrible, un-American decision.” He asserted that his company had “done a magnificent job for New York State” and “conducted business flawlessly,” describing the event as “A very sad day for the New York State System of Justice!”


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

His attorney, Christopher Kise, stated that an appeal would be filed, labeling the decision “completely disconnected from the facts and governing law.”

A few days before starting a non-jury trial in James’ lawsuit, Engoron’s ruling is the strongest rejection of Trump’s carefully manicured image as an affluent and intelligent real estate magnate turned political powerhouse.

Engoron discovered that Trump, his company, and key executives repeatedly lied about his wealth in his annual financial statements, garnering benefits such as favorable loan terms and reduced insurance premiums.

The judge stated that these tactics crossed the line and violated the law, refuting Trump’s argument that a disclaimer on the financial statements absolved him of wrongdoing.

“In the world of the defendants, rent-regulated apartments are worth the same as unregulated apartments; restricted land is worth the same as unrestricted land; restrictions can vanish into thin air; a disclaimer by one party casting blame on another party exonerates the other party’s lies,” Engoron wrote in his 35-page ruling. This is a fantasy world, not the actual universe.


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

Manhattan prosecutors considered filing criminal charges for the same conduct but ultimately decided against it, leaving James no choice but to sue him and seek penalties designed to impede his and his family’s ability to conduct business.

The summary judgment rendered by Judge Engoron resolves the primary claim in James’ lawsuit, but several others remain. In a trial beginning on October 2, he will deliberate on these claims and James’ request for $250 million in penalties. Trump’s attorneys have requested a postponement from the Court of Appeals.

“Today, a judge ruled in our favour and found that Donald Trump and the Trump Organisation engaged in years of financial fraud,” James said in a statement. “We look forward to presenting the rest of our case at trial.”

In their motion for summary judgment, Trump’s attorneys argued that there was no evidence that their client’s actions had injured the public. They also argued that the statute of limitations prohibited many of the lawsuit’s allegations.

Noting that he had previously rejected these arguments, Engoron compared them to the narrative of the film “Groundhog Day.” He fined five defense attorneys $7,500 each as punishment for “engaging in repetitive, frivolous” arguments but denied James’ request to sanction Trump and other defendants.

James, a Democrat, filed a lawsuit against him and the Trump Organisation a year ago, alleging them of routinely inflating the value of his assets, including skyscrapers, golf courses, and his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, by billions.

Engoron discovered he consistently overvalued Mar-a-Lago, exaggerating its value by up to 2,300% on one financial statement. Additionally, the judge reprimanded Trump for misrepresenting the size of his Manhattan apartment. Trump asserted that his three-story Trump Tower penthouse was nearly three times larger than it was and valued it at $327 million.


On Tuesday, a judge ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to prominence and the presidency.

“A disparity of this magnitude, by a real estate developer calculating his own living space over decades, can only be considered fraud,” wrote Engoron.

Eric Trump insisted on X following the ruling that his father’s claims about Mar-a-Lago were accurate, writing that the Palm Beach estate is “estimated to be worth well over a billion dollars, making it arguably the most valuable residential property.” He described the decision and the lawsuit as “an attempt to destroy my father and evict him from New York.”

Under the terms of the ruling, the limited liability companies that control some of Trump’s most valuable properties, such as 40 Wall Street, will be dissolved, and a receiver will assume control over their operations. Trump would lose the authority to recruit or fire employees, rent office space, and make other crucial decisions.

Kise stated after the decision, “The decision seeks to nationalise one of the most successful corporate empires in the United States and seize control of private property despite the fact that there is no evidence of any default, breach, late payment, or complaint of harm.”

The presumptive Republican nominee for next year’s election faces several legal issues, including James’ suit. In the past six months, he has been indicted four times: in Georgia and Washington, D.C., for conspiring to overturn his 2020 election loss, in Florida for stockpiling classified documents, and in New York for falsifying business records related to hush money paid on his behalf.

In a separate criminal case last year, the Trump Organisation was convicted of tax fraud for assisting executives to evade taxes on perks such as apartments and vehicles. The company received a $1.6 million sanction. Allen Weisselberg, Trump’s longtime finance chief, pled guilty and served five months in prison.

James’ office previously charged Trump with misusing his charitable foundation to advance his political and business interests. As a penalty, Trump was ordered to donate $2 million to charity, while his charity, the Trump Foundation, was dissolved.


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Trudeau Liberals Hold Late-Night Meeting On Fighting Back

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When Trudeau calls a late-night caucus meeting, things could be better.

According to an invitation obtained by the Toronto Sun, on Tuesday, the Trudeau Liberals gathered their caucus for an “information session.”

Brad Redekopp, a member of the Conservative Party, posted a photo of government vehicles waiting outside West Block to transport ministers home after the event.

To comprehend how peculiar this is, one must comprehend the tempo of Official Ottawa. This late-night meeting is uncommon, particularly the night before the routinely scheduled weekly caucus meetings.

House Speaker Anthony Rota resigned due to the invitation and recognition of 98-year-old Yaroslav Hunka during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to the Ukrainian Parliament. As is now common knowledge, Hunka served in a Nazi SS division during World War II.

His presence in the audience has caused Canada and Ukraine interminable humiliation. Vladimir Putin’s Russia has justified its invasion of Ukraine by claiming that there are Nazis who must be eradicated. Zelenskyy’s support for an SS division member has provided Putin with the propaganda tools he desires.

The Russian government is already circulating false rumors that the Ukrainians have issued a commemorative stamp for Hunka.

When Trudeau calls a late-night caucus meeting, things could be better.

As of Tuesday evening, the PMO verified that he and Zelenskyy had not spoken since the Parliament incident. While it is understandable that Trudeau would not want to apologize to Canadians in front of the cameras, it is shocking that he has not contacted his “good friend” Zelenskyy since the story broke.

Ukraine is not the only issue currently plaguing the leader and his team.

India’s foreign minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, indirectly accused Canada of harboring militants during a speech at the United Nations. In a subsequent interview, he reiterated that the Trudeau administration has provided no proof or evidence to substantiate its claim that India was involved in the June execution of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia.

The Modi administration has utilized Indian media as a weapon against Trudeau domestically and internationally. In a conflict of public relations, Trudeau and, by extension, Canada are losing.

The Hindu Forum of Canada’s attorney sent a letter to the government on Tuesday, expressing safety concerns and requesting that Nijjar ally Gurpatwant Singh Pannu be denied entry into the country. At approximately the same time, the Muslim Association of Canada criticized Trudeau for his remarks regarding parental demonstrations over gender issues in schools last week. MAC condemned Trudeau’s stance.


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2023: Travis King In US Custody After North Korea Expulsion

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King is in custody. In a statement, Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder thanked the Swedish and Chinese governments for their assistance in securing the release of Pte. King.

As there are no diplomatic ties between the United States and North Korea, the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang has traditionally negotiated on behalf of the United States.

During the King case, a Swedish embassy spokesman confirmed that Sweden acted “within its role as a protective power” for the United States in North Korea.

The US Department of State and the White House did not comment on the matter immediately.

According to Reuters, a spokesman for the King family stated that “no substantive comment” was expected at this time.

His relatives have previously informed US media that he faced discrimination while serving in the United States military.

According to reports, his mental health deteriorated during his time in South Korean custody.


Travis King In US Custody After North Korea Expulsion.

Claudine Gates, the mother of Pte. told the Associated Press last month that her son had “so many reasons to come home.”

She stated, “I cannot imagine him ever wanting to stay in Korea when he has family in the United States.”

Pte King’s release by North Korea after 71 days is rapid compared to other Americans the country has previously detained.

Analysts hypothesized that Pyongyang may have used the American soldier as a diplomatic bargaining tool.

Mick Mulroy, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and CIA paramilitary officer, told the BBC that Pte King’s return to US custody is “a good thing,” even though he “is a young man who made mistakes.”

Mr. Mulroy continued, “He is an American soldier, so it was imperative that we did everything possible to bring him home.”



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