THE JUICE IS LOOSE: OJ SIMPSON GRANTED PAROLE ON ROBBERY, KIDNAPPING CHARGES

LOVELOCK, NV — O.J Simpson, who was famously acquitted in the double murders of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994, has been granted parole by a Nevada parole board on his 2008 conviction on multiple counts of robbery and kidnapping.

In a unanimous decision the parole board, which consisted of two men and two women, voted to release the now 70 year old disgraced former football great on the basis of good behavior behind bars.

“I was always a good guy, but could have been a better Christian, and my commitment to change is to be a better Christian,” Simpson claimed.

Simpson, who was imprisoned after staging a robbery inside a Las Vegas hotel room in an effort to forcibly obtain memorabilia which he claimed had once belonged to him, showed a range of emotions during the course of the hearing.

At times appearing defiant and arrogant, the former B-list actor spent a great deal of time telling the parole board what a model inmate he had been. However, through a series of bizzare comments, Simpson claimed that he had never before been in trouble with the law despite being found by a civil jury to be responsible for Brown and Goldman’s murders.

“No one has ever accused me of pulling a weapon on them,” he said despite having been arrested for the bloody slayings in 1994. “I’ve basically lived a conflict free life.”

The former Hertz Rent-a Car spokesman could be released as early as Oct. 1. He has requested permission to carry out the terms of his parole in Florida where he has two grown children.

He had served 9 years of a 9 to 33 year prison sentence.

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DUMB CRIMINAL ALERT: DRUG DEALER CALLS COPS FOR HELP IN FINDING STOLEN COCAINE

FORT WALTON BEACH, FL — Police in Florida were recently given a tip on an alleged drug dealer, courtesy the dealer himself after a man, angry that his stash of cocaine had been stolen called the cops pleading that they help him located his hijacked stash.

Police say David Blackmon, 35, of Fort Walton Beach, called the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday to complain that someone had stolen a bag of cocaine and $50 in cash from his car.

When officers arrived, they say Blackmon voluntarily confessed to being a drug dealer and claimed that someone had broken into his vehicle while it was parked, stealing the money and a quarter ounce of cocaine.

Upon inspecting the vehicle, deputies say they observed what appeared to be powdered cocaine in clear view on the center console along side a rock of crack cocaine. Officers say they also observed a crack pipe on the car floor near the driver’s seat.

Shortly after Blackmon was arrested and charged with resisting an officer without violence, possessing drug paraphernalia and felony possession of cocaine. Records show (http://www3.co.okaloosa.fl.us/ArchonixXJailPublic/DetailPages/InmateDetails.aspx?ReferenceID=12815&InmateID=151138) he was released a short time later after posting a $4,000 bail.

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PAROLE IN JEOPARDY AFTER OJ CAUGHT SQUEEZING HIS JUICE; ACCUSED MURDERER REPORTEDLY CAUGHT PLEASURING HIMSELF IN VIEW OF OTHER INMATES

LOVELOCK, NV — O.J. Simpson, the former football great and one time accused double murderer now serving a 9-33 year prison sentence for kidnapping and burglary, may have jacked up his chances at parole after being caught masturbating within public view.

Simpson, who was famously acquitted of killing his ex wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman only to be found responsible for the brutal slayings by a civil court jury, is expected to face the Nevada parole board on July 20. Although many legal analysts had predicted that he was likely to receive parole based on good behavior, this latest slip up may have caused the now 70 year old to lose his last chance at freedom.

While celebrity website TMZ reports the story can not be authenticated (http://www.tmz.com/2017/07/19/o-j-simpson-masturbating-prison-parole-hearing/), other news sites are claiming sources inside the prison have confirmed the apparent violation.

According to the New York Post (http://nypost.com/2017/07/19/o-j-s-parole-was-almost-derailed-by-a-cookie/), ‘The Juice’ was allegedly caught fondling his fruit in his cell, which is in plain view of other inmates. The act of self passion was reportedly discovered by a female prison guard as she was on patrol.

“O.J. is facing a disciplinary hearing after being written up for masturbating in his prison cell,” a prison source told The Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4710666/OJ-Simpson-caught-masturbating-cell-impact-parole.html). “He was caught by a female corrections officer making her normal rounds,” the source told The Daily Mail. “While it’s not the most serious charge to be written up for in prison, it’s serious enough that any potential parole date may be delayed or his parole denied altogether.”

Simpson has served nearly nine-years of a 33-year sentence for a 2008 conviction for kidnapping and robbery. According to prosecutors, Simpson and members of his entourage confronted a pair of memorabilia dealers who were in possession of Simpson items at the Palace State Hotel and Casino on September 13, 2007 and held the men at gunpoint as they forcibly took the items back.

Simpson was sentenced to 33 years behind bars after a jury found him guilty of all ten counts with which he was charged on October 3, 2008 – exactly 13 years to the day after the B-list movie actor and Hertz spokesperson was acquitted of the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.

No other arrests were ever made in the Brown-Goldman killings.

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OVERRULED: SUPREME COURT RULES GRANDPARENTS AND GRANDCHILDREN EXEMPT FROM TRUMP TRAVEL BAN

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump received another blow on Wednesday as the Supreme Court upheld with a Hawaii Court’s ruling that Grandparents and their grandchildren are exempt from being included in his embattled travel ban.

In its ruling the high court declared the Trump administration had failed to clearly define what constitutes “close family relationships” in regard to exceptions to the ban on travelers from six mainly Muslim countries — Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Syria and Yemen.

However, the court did rule in favor of the Trump administration by staying the portion of the Hawaii Federal district judge Derrick Watson’s ruling that would have expanded exemptions to its 120-day ban on all refugees.

Wednesday’s order is an addendum to the court’s ruling in June that the travel ban could not go into effect for those people with a “bona fide connection” to an individual
or charitable or religious entity already in the United States.

In the meantime approximately 24,000 refugees who already have been assigned to a charity or religious organization in the U.S. will not be able to utilize that connection to enter the country, a fact that has critics of the travel ban in an uproar.

“This ruling jeopardizes the safety of thousands of people across the world including vulnerable families fleeing war and violence,” said Naureen Shah, Amnesty International USA’s senior director of campaigns said in a released statement.

Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin said the high court’s Wednesday order “confirms we were right to say that the Trump administration over-reached in trying to unilaterally keep families apart from each other.”

In their ruling, conservative Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas stated that they would have blocked Watson’s order in its entirety. The same three justices said last month they would have allowed the Trump travel ban to take full effect.

The Supreme Court is expected to receive oral arguments both for and against the travel ban in early October.

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‘THEIR KILLER IS OUT THERE’: INDIANA POLICE RELEASE SKETCH OF SUSPECT IN MURDER OF 2 GIRLS

LAFAYETTE, IN– Indiana State Police on Monday released a sketch of who they believe to be the killer of two young girls found murdered in a wooded area last February.

Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, were found slain on Feb. 14, one day after the pair were reported missing in Delphi, Indiana, located approximately 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

Shortly after the girls’ bodies were discovered, police officials released a grainy photo of a man walking on a nearby bridge snapped at around the time of the pair’s disappearance. Police also released a recording of a man seemingly matching the description of the individual in the photo saying “down the hill” which they say was obtained from German’s cellphone. The photo released Monday by authorities is the first depicting the man’s face.

The suspect, described by police as a white male standing between 5-feet-6 and to 5-feet-10 weighing 180 to 220 pounds, and having reddish brown hair and goatee, has eluded capture despite law enforcement’s best efforts.

During a press conference held as the composite sketch was released, Sgt. Kim Riley told reporters that investigators had been working on the drawing “for a while” and that they were releasing it now because “it needed to come out.”

“We’re going to get to the bottom of this sooner or later,” Riley said. “If the composite helps us get there sooner, that’s what we’re hoping for.”

Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said the comoposite was drawn by an FBI sketch artist based on “recent information” from a witness who claims to have seen the suspect at the time of German and Williams’ deaths.

“This case is not dried up. It’s not a cold case,” Riley adding, noting that authorities receive anywhere from “5 to 10 tips” every day.

Residents of the tight knit town say they hope the newly released sketch brings closure to the case.

“It’s obviously on everyone’s mind. Life has changed in that regard … You can’t drive through here without talking about it,” Mark Northam told the Journal and Courier (http://www.jconline.com/story/news/crime/2017/07/17/new-details-released-delphi-double-homicide-investigation/483717001/). “I think it’s nice to have more information if it is an accurate sketch. It seems like the opportunity to resolve this is sort of fading.”

Siera Farr, a Delphi resident for three years, said the tragedy has left the community gripped with fear.

“A part of me is scared with being out,” Farr said, “but I have to face that fear.”

“Someone here knows something,” she added, “and I just wish they would speak up.”

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RICE UNDER FIRE: OBAMA’S FORMER NSA PREPARES TO BE GRILLED ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION UNMASKING

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Susan Rice, former National Security Advisor to the Obama administration, is expected to face tough questions as she testifies on Tuesday before the Republican-led House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Rice, who’s been accused of ordering the “unmasking” the names of Trump associates documented in intelligence reports, is expected to address the allegations against her as she testifies before the closed door hearing.

The hearing is just one of many underway as investigators seek to uncover what, if any, interference was caused by Democrats or Republicans in regard to the results of the 2016 presidential election.

Advocates for the Trump administration claim that Rice may have committed a crime by asking government analysts to disclose the names of his associates while surveilling the then Republican presidential candidate in 2016.

Rice, however, has hinted that she is being targeted based upon her gender and her race.

“Why me? Why not Jay Carney, for example, who was then our press secretary, who stood up more?” Rice said in an interview with Michael Tomasky for New York Magazine (http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/06/susan-rice-on-trump.html). “I don’t know… I do not leap to the simple explanation that it’s only about race and gender. I’m trying to keep my theories to myself until I’m ready to come out with them. It’s not because I don’t have any.”

Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan told Fox News his questions for Rice will be cut and dry: “Did you unmask the names and if so why?”

“The American people want to get the truth on all of these issues,” said Jordan (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/17/susan-rice-set-to-face-capitol-hill-questions-on-alleged-trump-team-unmasking.html) “…on what Susan Rice may or may not have done.”

“We know what James Comey did because he testified to it, and we know he he leaked a memo through a friend to the New York Times with the stated objective of getting momentum to get a special counsel,” Jordan added. “So I think all this needs to be looked at so the American public can get the truth,” Jordan concluded.

In response to an April 4, 2017 Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch which called for “any and all requests for information, analyses, summaries, assessments, transcripts, or similar records submitted to any intelligence community member agency or any official, employee, or representative thereof” relating to the matter, Judicial Watch reported (http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-obama-nsc-advisor-susan-rices-unmasking-material-obama-library) a response on May 23, 2017 by NSC Access Management Director John Powers which read:

“Documents from the Obama administration have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library. You may send your request to the Obama Library. However, you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office.”

When reached for comment, a spokesperson for former president Barack Obama, refused to comment on the ongoing controversy.

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THE JUICE LOOSE? EXPERTS SAY PAROLE LIKELY FOR OJ SIMPSON

LOVELOCK, NV — O.J. Simpson, the former football player and subject of one of the most televised legal trials in history, may soon be a free man according to legal experts.

Simpson, who was infamously tried and acquitted for the 1994 murders of his former wife Nicole Brown- Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, is currently serving a 9-33 year sentence at Lovelock Correctional Facility in Nevada after being found guilty in 2008 of 12 counts of robbery and kidnapping.

While lawyers who’ve studied Simpson’s case say it’s likely the now 70-year-old will be granted parole at his next hearing, scheduled for July 20, it’s unlikely that the former B-list actor will find himself living the life of luxury he once enjoyed.

Decades of legal woes, in addition to a $25 million dollar civil judgement against him by the Brown and Goldman families, have left the one time millionaire playboy virtually penniless aside from a football pension that’s protected under California law.

“The big question is, if Simpson is paroled, how would he be received? With open arms? Slammed doors?” columnist Scott Ostler wrote of the former Heisman trophy winner’s ongoing dramas in the San Francisco Chronicle (http://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/article/O-J-Simpson-faces-parole-board-this-month-11274407.php). “He would be retried a million times in the court of public opinion, gossip TV and social media. Psychopathic murderer or frame-up victim? Rehabilitated soul or consummate con man?”

Dubbed by the media as the “trial of the century” Simpson’s trial on double murder charges held the attention of public for months. The images of Simpson’s beautiful blonde wife Nicole nearly decapitated on the steps of her Brentwood, California home after being stabbed to death alongside the much younger Goldman horrified and angered the public and the resulting press coverage turned the daily televised hearings into a what many legal analysts declared a media circus.

The fact that Simpson’s alleged victims were white led to a heightened battle over race relations that continued for years after his acquittal.

Most legal analysts who covered the trial declared the not guilty verdict by the mostly African-American jury a case of jury nullification and Simpson was subsequently found responsible for the murders by a civil jury.

In Nevada, parole consideration is based heavily upon good behavior while behind bars. Based on that scenario, Simpson, known now officially as inmate number 1027820 by the Nevada Department of Corrections, is likely to again walk the streets.

“Assuming that he’s behaved himself in prison, I don’t think it will be out of line for him to get parole,” said David Roger, the retired Clark County district attorney.

Not all legal scholars, however, think parole is an open and shut case.

Michael Shapiro, a New York defense lawyer who provided commentary during Simpson’s conviction in Las Vegas in 2008 and his acquittal in Los Angeles in 1995, says the accused murder’s freedom in this particular case is no certainty.

“The judge (in the robbery and kidnapping case) believed he got away with murder,” Shapiro said. “That’s the elephant in the room. If the parole authorities feel the same way, he could be in trouble.”

If granted, Simpson will likely be be released in early October. If denied, he will likely remain behind bars until his next parole hearing, which would be some time in 2022.

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GOP UNVEILS REVISED HEALTHCARE BILL AS BATTLE FOR PASSAGE RAGES ON

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The GOP on Thursday unveiled an updated version of the Replace and Repeal Act in an effort to convince Conservatives who are still sitting on the fence to jump on board with their answer to Obamacare.

Their efforts came to a screeching halt, however, as three Republican senators, Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Susan Collins, a moderate from Maine and conservative Rand Paul of Kentucky, announced that they were still not impressed by the revision.

With the revised bill, House majority leader, Mitch McConnell, (R)- Kentucky, had hoped to gain the 50 votes he needs to win Senate passage. But based on the reaction of some ultra right Republicans, the changes may not have been enough to bridge the gap between the Senate’s most staunch Conservatives, who have vowed to drive the current plan into the ground, and more moderate Republicans, who have worked to push the legislation through.

For the most part, the new version of the Bill gave broad concessions to right wing Republicans who had declared the initial draft too similar to the Affordable Care Act, which was passed under the Obama administration. Per the updates, Medicaid sections remain the same, meaning that deeper cuts to the program will still be on track to begin in 2025, and the funds for ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid will still end, as scheduled, in 2024. On the opposite end, The Bill includes new funding, $70 billion over seven years, aimed at easing costs for the chronically sick and seriously ill. The Bill also includes $45 billion to fight opioid addiction, but Senators such as Portman who hails from a state where opioid addiction runs rampant, say they also want changes to the Medicaid portion of the legislation.

Despite McConnell’s efforts to strike a fair balance, the result left both sides less than satisfied.

Senator Ted Cruz, (R)- Texas, who supported the changes in the new revision, expressed concern for the outcome of the Bill amid fallout from his fellow Conservatives.

“I think failing to get this done would be really catastrophic,” Mr. Cruz said on the radio station KFYI, “and I don’t think any of the Republican senators want to see failure come out of this.”

Seemingly unphased by Cruz’s open appeal, the three holdouts stood fast in their vow to delay a vote on the legislation.

“My strong inclination and current intention is to vote no on the motion to proceed,” Collins told reporters after leaving a hearing on the legislation.

“The only way I’d change my mind is if there’s something in the new bill that wasn’t discussed or that I didn’t fully understand or the CBO estimate comes out and says they fixed the Medicaid cuts, which I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

Read the updated changes to the Bill via the link below: https://www.scribd.com/document/353689897/BetterCareJuly13-2017#from_embed

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MAKING AMERICA SECURE AGAIN: HOUSE APPROVES FUNDING FOR BORDER WALL

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump is one step closer to fulfilling one of his most famous campaign promises…the building of a wall to separate the U.S. from Mexico.

The House Appropriations Committee this week approved $1.6 billion in funds to be allocated toward construction of the southern border wall.

“Keeping Americans safe by protecting our homeland is a top priority. This funding bill provides the resources to begin building a wall along our southern border, enhance our existing border security infrastructure, hire more border patrol agents, and fund detention operations,” House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Carter said in a statement.

“Additionally, this bill will increase funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, support grants in cases of emergency and natural disaster, and provide critical resources to protect our cyber networks,” the statement continued.

The building of a wall to separate the United States from Mexico was an issue that proved central to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Since his inauguration in January, the Trump administration has cracked down on illegal immigration, calling it a matter of “justice and safety for the American people”.

“It will secure the border & save lives. Now the full House & Senate must act!” Trump said upon hearing the news that the funds had been approved.

In addition to securing the wall, Trump campaigned heavily on his promise to make Mexico pay for it. He made headlines last week while reiterating that pledge as he sat next to Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto while attending the G20 Summit.

“It’s great to be with my friend the president of Mexico, and we’re negotiating NAFTA and some other things with Mexico and we’ll see how it all turns out, but I think we’ve made really good progress so it’s great to be with you,” Trump said shaking hands with Nieto. When asked by a reporter, “Mr. Trump, do you still want Mexico to pay for the wall?”, Trump turned to the Mexican leader and replied, “Absolutely.”

Although Mexico has publicly refused to do any such thing, Trump says he will force the southern nation to do so by cutting off funding, which many economists say is vital for Mexico’s struggling economy.

“It’s an easy decision for Mexico,” Trump said of his plans, which he released earlier this year (https://www.washingtonpost.com/apps/g/page/politics/memo-explains-how-donald-trump-plans-to-pay-for-border-wall/2007/?tid=a_inl).

According to estimates, (http://tmz.vo.llnwd.net/o28/newsdesk/tmz_documents/design-build-structure.pdf) the wall expected to stretch over one thousand miles across the U.S. southern border.

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CHARLIE GARD’S PARENTS STORM OUT OF COURTROOM AS INFANT’S FUTURE LIES IN JUDGE’S HANDS

LONDON, ENGLAND — The parents of Charlie Gard, the 11-month-old boy in the middle of an international debate over the right to life, stormed out of a London courtroom on Thursday after arguing with a judge over the boy’s fate.

Gard, who suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome, an often terminal genetic disorder, has been receiving treatment at a London hospital for the past several months. Physicians at the hospital, revered as one of the best children’s hospitals in the world, have argued that the boy, who can not see, move or breathe without the aid of life support, has exhausted their efforts and should be removed from his ventilator and allowed to die naturally.

Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, believe that experimental treatment available in the U.S. and Italy for the condition offers a 10 percent chance of improving the boy’s quality of life and reducing the brain damage he has sustained as a result of his illness (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-405932860).

The boy’s parents filed an emergency petition with the Royal Courts of Justice in London for a hearing to request permission to take their son out of the U.K. for experimental treatment. Counsel for the hospital, who argues that doing so would be “cruel and inhumane” treatment of the boy argued that they, not the boy’s parents, have the ultimate right to determine what course of treatment, or in this case, non treatment, is in the baby’s best interests.

“A world where only parents speak and decide for children and where children have no separate identity or rights and no court to hear and protect them is far from the world in which [Great Ormond Street Hospital ] treats its child patients,” a spokesperson for the hospital argued before the court.

During the hearing, Chris Gard punched a table, while his wife said: “We said he’s not in suffering and in pain. If he was we wouldn’t be up here fighting for that!”

Frustrated, the boy’s parents stormed out of the hearing, only to return a short time later.

A New York-based expert on mitochondrial depletion syndrome gave testimony to the court via satellite – in which he said he believes an experimental drug available in the U.S., pending approval of the FDA – offers a chance of improving the boy’s condition.

The expert told the judge he was willing to come to London to examine the boy, should the court permit it.

Gard’s case gained international spotlight after both Pope Francis and President Donald Trump spoke out on behalf of the boy’s right to seek alternative treatment and offered to help Charlie’s parents in any way they possibly could.

Both New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Irving Medical Center have offered to take in the infant should the current “legal hurdles” be cleared and should the medications that Charlie requires “receive emergency approval from the FDA for an experimental treatment as appropriate.”

A petition asking the court to give the boy’s parents permission to move his care to the U.S. has just hit the 500,000 mark (http://metro.co.uk/2017/07/13/charlie-gard-petition-hits-500000-signatures-as-parents-fight-for-his-life-6777406/).

A decision by the London court is expected by the end of the week.

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