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Keith Tharpe Set To Be Executed Later This Month As It’s Revealed Juror Who Used The N-Word Voted For Death Because He’s Black

(SL) – According to one of the jurors assigned to Keith Tharpe’s case, he’s a ‘n…..’. And after serving 26 years on death row, Tharpe’s attorney is hoping that racial bias will save his client’s life.

It was a grisly crime indeed. Keith Leroy Tharpe, now 59, was sentenced to death in 1991 just three months after he allegedly murdered his sister-in-law (Jacqueline Freeman) and kidnapped and raped his estranged wife.

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11 Alive reports,  according to court documents, Tharpe repeatedly threatened his wife and her family after she left him. One September morning, as Freeman and Tharpe’s wife were on their way to work, the 59-year-old used his car to force his wife’s off the road. It was there he got out of the car and, armed with a shotgun, forced Freeman to the back of the vehicle where he shot her twice.

After shooting the 29-year-old and rolling her body into a ditch, he kidnapped and raped his estranged wife.

During the sentencing phase of the trial, a Jones County jury voted unanimously for the death penalty.

 

After several petitions from Tharpe, the Department of Corrections Commissioner Gregory Dozier finally set the execution date for Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Jackson County Prison

But now,  word that  during an interview, a juror told attorneys that he believes black people can be divided into two categories — “good black folks” and “n—–s,” could reverse the ruling.

The juror, reportedly, told attorneys he thought of Freeman’s family as “nice black folks” and said if her family “had been the type Tharpe is, then picking between life or death for Tharpe wouldn’t have mattered as much,” according to the motion.

The juror claims that he voted for the death penalty based only on the evidence, but Tharpe’s attorney believes his views on race were tied to his decision.

“Death sentences cannot be based on racial bias on even the part of one juror,” Kammer said. “It really undermines the appearance of and reality of fairness in death sentencing.”

Tharpe’s attorney, Brian Kammer, is asking a judge to take another look at Tharpe’s case.

If executed, Tharpe will be the 48th inmate put to death by lethal injection in Georgia.

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Seattle Seahawks Player Michael Bennett Held At Gunpoint By Las Vegas Police

(SL) – The NY Times reports,  Seattle Seahawks star Michael Bennett said he was held at gunpoint and handcuffed by the police in Las Vegas after the Mayweather-McGregor fight.

Bennett wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that after the fight Aug. 26, he heard what he thought were gunshots and began running, along with other people. Bennett said the police singled him out, ordered him to the ground and held a gun to his head.

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Bennett said an officer “forcefully jammed his knee” into his back. He said he was handcuffed so tightly that his fingers went numb. Bennett said he was “terrified” and wondered if he would see his children again.

According to Bennett, he was released after officers realized he was “not a thug, common criminal or ordinary black man, but Michael Bennett, a famous professional football player.”

Bennett attributed his detention to being black. “Las Vegas police officers singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he wrote.

At a news conference later Wednesday, Undersheriff Kevin C. McMahill of the Las Vegas Police Department said that the department had learned of Bennett’s allegations only that day and that an investigation had been started.

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Attorney Lisa Bloom Says Usher Accuser And Client Quantasia Sharpton Lied About Making Sex Tape With Singer

(SL) – Usher’s most public accuser is starting to appear more and more less credible.

For one, you don’t have herpes but you’re attempting to sue Raymond for exposing you to the STI. For two, you allegedly slept with him back in 2014 after he called you on stage during a concert to which you had no problem engaging in simulated intimacy. She was grinding and sitting on the singer, wiping his sweat and having the time of her life. It was her birthday. **shrugs**

The young lady charges that she wants Usher in jail,  because in her mind he tried to give her Herpes. I’m waiting on her to take responsibility for her own actions.  You sleep with a man you don’t know within hours of meeting him for the first time…….you’re putting your own life at risk. She seems to be motivated by money.

In his defense, Usher is denying ever hooking up with the young lady who has stressed her need for money on social media. Too bad she isn’t charging some of these people a talent fee for interviews, because that may be all that she’s going to get.

Sharpton did an interview with Miss Jacob and told her that she made a sex tape with the R & B crooner and he was aware of the recording. But now, her attorney, Lisa Bloom says there is not sex tape and that Quantasia made the story up.

Even with that gaping whole bursting her credibility they are still attempting to move forward with the suit and hope a surveillance tape reportedly of Usher entering the Days Inn that she was staying in will prove he was in fact intimate with the woman.

At this point, my bet is that tape will never materialize. Defamation suit coming in 3,2…

 

 

Lucky! Another Mugshot Turns Into A Head-Shot And Modeling Contract For Criminal

(SL) – I’m starting to think that agents are turning to police websites more than Instagram to find the next big thing :).

First Jeremy Meeks, whose mugshot launched a modeling career for the felon and now Mekhi Alante Lucky is proving to really be lucky after his prison photo went viral and caught the attention of St. Claire Modeling agency in New York.

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Lucky, was arrested for speeding and driving a stolen vehicle, and he also faced charges of assault and breaking and entering. However, it’s being reported that he didn’t serve jail time.

What most find striking about Mekhi outside of his bone structure, are his eyes. He has a condition called heterochromia that causes one to have two different colored eyes.

The 20-year old is taking full advantage of the opportunity though, embracing his knew career and focused on making money.

New Documentary Claims Tupac Shakur Knew His Killer

(SL) – A new documentary claims Iconic Rapper Tupac Shakur knew who his assassin was, but law enforcement didn’t care to further the investigation.

His murder remains a mystery. But several specialty shows have pointed fingers at corrupt cops with gang affiliations for being responsible for both Tupac and Biggie’s death.

Tupac was gunned down on September 7, 1996, while driving through Las Vegas. Numerous people – including fellow New York rap hero Biggie Smalls, aka the Notorious BIG – were implicated in the death.  Biggie would be killed  almost 6 months to the day after Pac was killed.

Former LAPD detective Russell Poole believed both murders were orchestrated by Suge Knight. Poole who spent half of his career investigating the killings died suddenly in August 2015 while meeting with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide investigators to discuss a cold case. Poole reportedly suffered a heart attack.

But the identity of Tupac’s killer has remained a mystery – because the cops didn’t care to look any further,

 

While Hurricane Harvey Was Hitting Texas, Trump Pardoned Racist Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio And Formally Banned Transgenders From Joining The Military

(Washington, DC) – While most people were glued to their televisions and social media sites following Hurricane Harvey’s destruction on Texas, Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio.  Arpaio is the former Arizona Sheriff whose aggressive efforts to hunt down and detain undocumented immigrants  landed him with a criminal conviction.

The New York Times reports, Mr. Arpaio, 85, served for 24 years as sheriff of Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix , building a national reputation for harsh conditions in his county jail, and for his campaign against undocumented immigrants.

_97561664_aa16b4ad-3b87-47c5-bcd8-d5ae0ac30084Mr. Arpaio had touted himself as “America’s toughest sheriff,” making inmates wear pink underwear and serving jail food that at least some prisoners called inedible. He was also at the forefront of the so-called birther movement that aimed to investigate President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

The criminal conviction grew out of a lawsuit filed a decade ago charging that the sheriff’s office regularly violated the rights of Latinos, stopping people based on racial profiling, detaining them based solely on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally and turning them over to the immigration authorities.

In 2011, a federal district judge hearing the case ordered Mr. Arpaio to stop detaining people based solely on suspicion of their immigration status, when there was no evidence that a state law had been broken. But the sheriff insisted that his tactics were legal and that he would continue employing them.

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{Video of Assault} $10,000 Reward Offered For Info Leading To Arrest Of Men Who Attacked DeAndre Harris

(SL) – Donald Trump seems to think that among a group of racists white supremacists shouting “Jews will not replace us” where good people. I wonder if he’s referring to this racists individuals who attacked DeAndre Harris during the Charlottesville protests.

Video is now circulating showing the attack in full living color and it is a blessing that this young man is still alive.  Harris suffered many injuries and no arrests have been made.

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Deandre Harris Says White Supremacists Were Definitely Trying To Kill Him

(SL) – We’ve all seen the photo of a young black male bleeding profusely from the head after being attacked by white supremacists in Charlottesville. We now know who he is. Twenty-year old  Deandre Harris moved to Charlottesville, Va., from Suffolk, Va., two years ago for a job opportunity as an Instructional Assistant in the special education program at a local high school.

But as The Root reports nothing could prepare him for what he experienced Saturday afternoon, when he took part in a counter protest against the “Unite The Right” white supremacy marches that took place in the city.

Zach D. Roberts captured that photo that shows Harris being beaten with poles by the white nationalists.

The shocking photo immediately went far and wide, and although Harris received multiple injuries, he says that he’s thankful to be alive to tell his story.

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 “Me and about five of my friends were out protesting. We thought [the racists] left, but at one point they came back. Everyone was exchanging words with the group, but then the KKK and white supremacists just rushed us,” Harris told The Root in an interview.

“They were beating me with poles. I have eight staples in my head, a broken wrist and a chipped tooth,” Harris said.

Harris said if it wasn’t for his friends who noticed him under the pile of white supremacists and helping him, he probably wouldn’t be alive to tell his story. Harris is in the process of pressing charges and the photographer who took the photo is helping his mother identify the racists who took part in the attack.

After the photo made its rounds on social media, many people noticed that the parking garage where the assault took place was right near the Charlottesville police department. And of course, we know how this story goes.

“The beating happened right beside the police department, and no police were there to help me at all. My mother is now thinking about suing the city of Charlottesville,” Harris said.

Although freedom of speech protects even the most vile of humans, Harris is still confused as to why the town let the rally happen.
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“I think for them to be allowed to come here and protest is really crazy. How do you expect the KKK to come to your city to protest, and them not be violent? I understand everyone is entitled to their freedom of speech, but the government and the mayor made a bad business move. It’s only caused havoc in your own city. It’s crazier that people have the hatred in their heart to want to kill black people,” Harris stated.

Harris’ friends and family created a GoFundMe to help with his medicalexpenses, but there is no amount of money that could take away the trauma the 20-year-old experienced Saturday afternoon.

James Baldwin once said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” The violence that erupted in Charlottesville over the last 48 hours has been the face of America since the beginning of time.

It’s gone from being cloaked in white masks to crisp Walmart and Target polos, but until those so-called allies stand up to their racist counterparts, nothing will change.

{Video} Poor Leadership, Car Plows Into Crowd, Trump Dancing Around Domestic Nazi Terrorism That Claimed A Life And Injured Dozens In Charlottesville Protest

(SL) – “Hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.” ~ Donald Trump 

He criticized Barrack Obama for not using the words Radical Islamic Terrorists but we’re still waiting on him to identify the lipstick on the pigs that ran a muck in Charlottesville. White Supremacy, White Nationalists…say it TRUMP.

Or are you avoiding the language because for all intents and purposes you lit the fire on the top of every torch they carried through the city. David Duke certainly didn’t mince words when he said, “We are determined to take our country back,” Duke said from the rally, calling it a “turning point.We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back.”

Not surprised by Donald Trump’s response or lack there of after calling for law and order during his campaign and waking the David Dukes in the world.  Trump has called for violence publicly and has welcomed the support of the KKK, so the fact that white nationalists feel emboldened right now is fitting.

David Duke, the former KKK grand wizard, is unambiguous about what Saturday’s alt-right and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, means to him: It’s the fulfillment of President Trump’s vision for America.

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When Trump tweeted “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!”

David Duke responded, “I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists.”

One person who isn’t afraid to stand up to the KKK, Nazis or White Supremacists is Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe CBS Reports he decried the supporters of white nationalism who descended upon Charlottesville during a press conference Saturday, after protests there left one dead and more than 30 injured in clashes earlier in the day.

“You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot,” McAuliffe, flanked by Charlottesville’s mayor and police chief, said in a message to white nationalists.

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“We are stronger than you,” the Democratic governor added. “You have made our commonwealth stronger. You will not succeed. There is no place for you here.”

McAuliffe said he had spoken to President Trump earlier in the day. Mr. Trump declined to name white supremacists or any specific group, saying violence “on many sides” was to blame. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado), urged the president to “call evil by its name,” and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah followed with similarly tough statements.

Mr. Trump ignored a question from a reporter as to what he would say to white supremacists who voiced support for him Saturday.

The already-violent protests turned deadly when a car plowed into a sea of counter-protesters Saturday. The incident — which is being treated as a criminal homicide investigation — left an unidentified 32-year-old woman dead and 19 others injured. An additional 15 people were hurt in separate incidents.

“This day will not define us,” Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said.

The “Unite the Right” rally was originally supposed to protest the removal of a statute of confederate General Robert E. Lee.

{Video} Mother Of Preteen Who Was Gruesomely Burned With Boiling Hot Water While She Slept Threatens Revenge

(SL) – The first thing that comes to mind is these children are well aware of the damage hot water can do to flesh, let alone boiling hot water. I’m still trying to figure out what amusement the little girls at this sleepover thought they would get out of this.

Most will say, well they are just 11 and 12 year olds. But I don’t know too many preteens that would willingly jump into fire, so what made them think it would be okay to prank or exact revenge as some have said by throwing boiling hot water on someone’s face, WHILE THEY SLEPT.

Relatives of hospitalized Jamoneisha Merritt called Thursday for arrests in the scalding of the girl at her friend’s Bronx apartment.

Reportedly, the victim’s mother,  Ebony Merritt, appeared outside the home of Shernett Panton and her 12-year-old daughter Aniya Grant Stuart threatening revenge and hurling obscenities.

“I’m going to cut your face, you f—ing b—h! I’m going to burn your f—ing house down! You let this happen to my daughter!”

Ebony Merritt is also accused allegedly choking Aniya and punching her 14-year-old sister Shawna in the face.

Shawna Panton says, “Now I’m getting text messages from her nieces or maybe her cousins. It makes me feel scared.”

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Ebony Merritt, mother of Jamoni.

Jamoneisha, who also goes by Jamoni, remained hospitalized Thursday at Harlem Hospital.  Jamoni’s mom says, “She’s doing much better,” Merritt said. “She’s in good spirits. She saw her face; she’s OK with it. But she’s still traumatized.”

Reportedly, Aniya Stuart is in another part of the hospital under suicide watch after trying to kill herself with a knife.

Aniya was arrested for assault at 7 p.m. Monday, sources said. Family court is handling her case because of her young age.

Panton denied allegations that her daughters were guilty of bullying Jamoneisha.

 

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Aniya’s mother says it was a prank gone wrong, while the victim’s mother says she was being bullied. 

“They always prank each other,” Panton said. “My daughter was sleeping and Jamoni poured cold water on Aniya. My daughter was like, ‘OK, if you’re gonna do a prank on me, I’m gonna prank you back.’

“But my daughter — I don’t know what she was thinking — boiled hot water and poured it on Jamoni’s face.”

Panton was sleeping around 4 a.m. when the bizarre incident occurred as Jamoni slept on a couch in the family living room. Shawna said she heard the screaming from her bedroom, and they put cold water on the injured girl’s face before dialing 911.

According to Panton, the injured girl was a close friend of her daughter Aniya and basically moved into their apartment about a month ago.

“What she did was really wrong, but it’s too much right now,” said Panton, 34. “My daughter is 12. Everybody makes mistakes.”