R odeo Van Bladel started getting that feeling again. The scrawny, balding clerk at window 7 of the California Department of Motor Vehicles ( DMV ) in Santa Rosa had punched Rodeo’s driver’s licence number into a computer, before telling him to wait while he went to check on something. Rodeo had taken two cross-town buses to get in line early for the office’s opening at 8am, an hour-plus commute that would have taken ten minutes by car. He had come hoping that somebody could tell him, finally, when he would be allowed to get back to driving. The delay was a bad sign. The clerk returned with a co-worker, who handed Rodeo a slip of paper with a phone number. Rodeo had to call the Mandatory Actions Unit, she said, a division of the DMV apparently reachable only by phone. The Economist today Handpicked stories, in your inbox A daily newsletter with the best of our journalism Sign up The driver’s-licence debacle had … [Read more...] about He stole a rug and a car. Why did he spend 25 years bouncing between prison and parole?
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Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime confidante to Jeffrey Epstein, thinks the billionaire was murdered in jail and fears suffering the same fate as she awaits trial on charges of conspiring with Epstein to sexually abuse minors, according to a new report. “Everyone’s view including Ghislaine’s is Epstein was murdered. She received death threats before she was arrested,” an unnamed friend of Maxwell’s told The Sun . “A family friend told The Sun On Sunday Maxwell, 58, fears she will be bumped off inside the brutal New York jail which warders describe as a ‘hellhole,'” the U.K. paper reported. The friend was described as “in regular contact with Maxwell at her secret New Hampshire hideaway” and said the death threats prompted the British socialite to hire security guards. A federal judge on Tuesday denied Maxwell bail and ordered that she be held at the Brooklyn Detention Center, where she has been held since shortly after her July 2 arrest in New Hampshire. The indictment from the … [Read more...] about Ghislaine Maxwell Thinks Epstein Was Murdered In Jail, Fears Same Fate | The Daily Wire
In his final remarks before he was executed on Wednesday evening, Quintin Jones said he was "so glad to leave this world a better, more positive place." Jones, 41, received the lethal injection at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville for the 1999 killing of his 83-year-old great-aunt Berthena Bryant. Before his death, Jones made a short statement thanking his supporters. According to a prison transcript provided to Newsweek , he said: "I would like to thank all of the supporting people who helped me over the years. To mad Maddie, my twin Sonja, Angie, and all the homies, AKA money and Peruvian queen including crazy Dominican." He added: "I was so glad to leave this world a better, more positive place. It's not an easy life with all the negativities. Love all my friends and all the friendships that I have made. They are like the sky. It is all part of life, like a big full plate of food for the soul. I hope I left everyone a plate of food full of happy memories, … [Read more...] about Quintin Jones’ last words before execution in Texas
Turkey is a member of NATO . It is also a hostage-taking state sponsor of terror. Soon, the Biden administration is going to have to decide where it stands—with Turkey or with Turkey's victims. Last Thursday, two Israeli tourists in Istanbul, Natalie and Mordi Oaknin, became the regime's latest hostages. The two were arrested at a tourist site for the "crime" of taking a photo of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's palace. The ridiculousness of the charge is stunning. Thousands of tourists photograph Erdogan's palace every day. As one Israeli official put it, " Google has better pictures [of Erdogan's palace] than those taken from afar by the Israeli couple." In breach of international law, Turkey didn't inform Israel of the Oaknins' arrest. Turkish police spokesmen initially indicated the couple would be deported at their remand hearing on Friday. Instead, Turkish prosecutors announced they intend to charge the two with "espionage." The judge remanded them to custody … [Read more...] about Biden’s moment of truth on Turkey | Opinion