Crimes and Their Punishments – Through the Ages

Punishments for Crimes through the ages – from the bizarre to outrageous, from the sublime to the ridiculous. We don’t know how lucky we are!

Many of us are apt to complain about sentences handed out by our Courts for crimes these days – too harsh, too lenient. But a quick look at some punishments for crimes through the ages, including in some countries today, we should really consider how much we really have to complain about.

Not only have punishments been truly shocking (and in some instances still are), but even some of the crimes are truly unbelievable.

Many Sydney criminal lawyers would have had their work cut out for them if some of these historical crimes were still on the statute books! Lucky for us that our complaints about the justice systems these days are limited to whether an offender should be given a jail sentence or community service, or whether a 2 year sentence is sufficient or whether 5 would have been better, and so on.

Thank goodness we don’t have to contend with crimes for which the penalty is being tortured to death by some truly unimaginable means. Criminal lawyers in Australia, as in Europe, the United States, Canada, New Zealand and others, these days don’t have to plead for the type of mercy that offenders of times gone by had to. And of course, some of these barbaric practices do still exist today in other parts of the globe, as you can see below.

Some Crimes and Some Punishments You Won’t Believe

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Crimes and Their Punishments

Taylor Swift shared a rare political statement in support of gun control

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  • Taylor Swift announced in an Instagram post on Friday that she had donated to the March For Our Lives campaign started by the student activists of the Parkland school shooting.
  • Swift, who has largely abstained from sharing her political views in the past, shared in the post that she supports gun-control reform. 
  • She joins a growing list of celebrities who have spoken out in support of gun control and the Parkland student activists.

Taylor Swift took to Instagram on Friday to share her support for gun-control reform.

The pop singer, who has largely abstained from sharing her political views in the past, announced in the post that she had donated to the March for Our Lives campaign started by student activists in the wake of the Parkland school shooting last month. 

“No one should have to go to school in fear of gun violence. Or to a nightclub. Or to a concert. Or to a movie theater. Or to their place of worship,” Swift wrote in the post.

“I’ve made a donation to show my support for the students, for the March For Our Lives campaign, for everyone affected by these tragedies, and to support gun reform,” she continued. “I’m so moved by the Parkland High School students, faculty, by all families and friends of victims who have spoken out, trying to prevent this from happening again.”

Swift follows a number of celebrities who have publicly expressed their support for the activism of the Parkland students in the wake of the shooting.

This week, Bill Murray wrote an op-ed for NBC News Think comparing the Parkland students to the students who helped end the Vietnam War. George Clooney wrote a letter to the Parkland students, saying that their activism made him “proud of my country again.”

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Criminal Minds' Matthew Gray Gubler on Directing a Killer Clown Story — Including Why Pastel Makeup Is Scarier – TVLine

Matthew Gray Gubler‘s dream of clowning around finally came true — even if it threatens to put a brief dent in the Coulrophobics 18-49 demo.

For this Wednesday’s episode of Criminal Minds (CBS, 10/9c), Spencer Reid’s portrayer stepped behind the camera for an 11th time to spin a tale of two brothers and their frighteningly different approaches to donning funny wigs and make-up.

Here, Gubler talks about tackling the well-trod ground of killer clowns, as well as weighs in on the BAU’s recent roadblock and Reid’s stint as college professor.

TVLINE | I was thinking that I last saw you on my birthday, August 1 at the Summer TCA party, and you already knew back then you were directing a clown episode.
I did, and it went wonderfully well. For four years I’ve been trying to get a clown one happening. It was a tough nut to crack — or a tough nose to honk — for Criminal Minds because we’re not a supernatural show and the writers wanted to make sure that they could crack it from a psychological standpoint. We finally did, and couldn’t be more proud of the outcome.

TVLINE | At the time that I saw you, had you just gotten the word from [showrunner] Erica Messer that she would be writing this…?
Erica wrote the first one that I directed [of 11], and we have worked together three or four times over the course of the show, so we have a lovely shorthand. She just was like, “What do you want to do?” I said, “Let’s finally make the clown one happen.”

TVLINE | You said… “Send in the clowns”?
I love that. I wish I had!

TVLINE | Scary clowns have obviously gotten heavy play in pop culture over the past year or so. Was it almost intimidating, or simply a great challenge, to find a fresh spin?
Good question. I’ve always been fascinated by clowns — I actually just graduated from clown school — so I have a very soft spot for them. I know what you’re saying about the recent interest, but they’ve always been pertinent to society, I think, for a lot of good. I’m in love with the concept of a clown because it’s very important to laugh at ourselves. I feel like every day we wake up and we put on this thin veil of what society tells us we need to do. We need to “wear a tie and a suit,” and pretend to be reserved, and not mess up, and not fall down stairs. And at the end of the night when we see someone doing that and bouncing back up from that — and maybe even doing it with a smile — it gives us, as a society, great relief and joy and happiness. I’ve always been fascinated by that aspect of it.

What’s as interesting to me is the fact that we love clowns because they’re naïve and they’re childlike and they’re unexpected and they don’t play by society’s rules, so there’s nothing more terrifying than the concept of someone like that but with a dangerous agenda. What happens when you put an axe into the hand of…

TVLINE | Someone who doesn’t “play by society’s rules.”
Exactly. An unpredictable force, someone that maybe doesn’t understand, someone that’s so filled with wonder and enchantment that they don’t know what’s happening. It’s sort of like Frankenstein’s Monster, I think, in a weird way. He’s almost a clown, and I’ve always been interested in that interplay. Again, when I was 13 I used to dress up as a scary clown for Halloween….

TVLINE | Kirsten [Vangsness] told me you hosted a Clown Prom on set.
I did! I had a clown costume contest and the crew dressed up. I’ve always been enchanted by it, so one thing that Erica and I were very careful to protect is I feel like there are a lot of great clowns. It’s almost like a double-sided emotion I have towards it, where I wanted to pay respect to the beauty and the art of sincere clowning and not just have it be something scary and “clowns are this and that.” [This episode] is really about the struggle between two brothers — one is a lovely clown who wants to entertain people and make people happy, and the other one is not, and it’s about showing both sides of that spectrum. The good that clowns bring to the world while simultaneously showing you how horrifying it can be if one of them runs amok.

TVLINE | Without revealing too much about why one of them “runs amok,” would you say his origin story is almost heartbreaking?
It is. There’s a silent film starring Lon Chaney from 1924 called He Who Gets Slapped. It’s about a man who becomes a clown and he is just slapped in the face the whole movie and it’s a really beautiful story ultimately about love and sacrifice. It had a big effect on me so much so that I always try to challenge myself when I direct these episodes to do something that the show has never done before. For this one, we managed to make a three-minute, completely silent teaser. The beginning of the show is complete silence, which has never been done.

[As the episode unfolds] it’s about the death of an industry, which is something that I think everyone can, to a certain extent, identify with — whether it’s the loss of the horse-and-buggy as it was replaced by the car, or Uber taking over taxi driving….

criminal minds Season 13 Episode 17TVLINE | Toys ‘R’ Us going bankrupt….
Exactly. Truly, the good guy [here] is a good clown; the bad guy is just dressed as one. I was very careful, because my heart goes out to preserving the wonderful things that clowns provide us, which is happiness and laughter, which to me is holy. I also as a director of course love the primal emotion of fear, so I always try with everything I do to couch it in those opposites. I always try to dress my UnSubs — or in this case do the clown makeup — in very light, welcoming, pastel colors, because I find when there’s that softness and sweetness to something, it becomes scarier.

TVLINE | I noticed that color scheme when I was cutting the photos for this feature.
It’s the least threatening, visually, and that inherently makes the audience lean closer and feel a weird sense of comfort while simultaneously being scared. I love the world of clowns. I love them for laughter. I love them for scares. I love them for everything.

TVLINE | I think you’re trying to say is that you’ve delivered the most sympathetic portrayal of killer clowns.
I would hope so. I always try to paint everyone as a real human and, if I can, for one split second make someone understand why someone might do something terrible like this. That creates an interesting mental challenge that engages the viewers.

TVLINE | Turning to this season as a whole, is the Barnes business all behind us now?
Barnes is pretty neatly wrapped up.

TVLINE | Prentiss pretty masterfully threw Barnes (played by Kim Rhodes) under the bus last week. I was cheering from my couch.
Kim Rhodes is incredible, so it was a real pleasure and honor to work with her. But that’s all done. The clown episode is a completely standalone episode, which is the kind I like to direct. Anybody can watch it for the first time and not know anything about the show and have a beginning, middle, and end that’s satisfying without any loose ends.

TVLINE | Lastly, I had to wonder: Did you get a kick out of the scene last week where Reid was teaching the college course and the female students were fluttering their eyelashes at him like he was Indiana Jones?
You know what’s so funny? I love Reid and I’m very protective of him, and my pitch was the exact opposite. My immediate thought was he’s passionately giving this speech and you can tell that he loves what he’s doing, and then it cuts to the reverse and you realize there’s one person in the class. I’ve always seen Reid as sort of the ultimate outsider, so it was a little bit…. I think it worked [as written], I don’t doubt that it worked, but I kind of was hoping more for Reid to be more like I really am! [Laughs]

Want more scoop on Criminal Minds, or for any other show? Email and your question may be answered via Matt’s Inside Line.

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The US dropped charges against Turkish officers involved in DC brawl 2 days before Tillerson had an unusual meeting with Erdogan

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  • Federal prosecutors dismissed charges against 11 of the 15 members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security team charged in connection with a May 2017 street brawl in Washington DC. 
  • The charges were dropped on February 14, the day before former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flew to Ankara and met with Erdogan.
  • US officials have denied the charges were dropped for political reasons. 

Federal prosecutors have decided to dismiss charges against 11 of 15 members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security team after they were charged in connection with a street brawl in May 2017 near the Turkish embassy in Washington.

A spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office for the District Columbia confirmed that his office filed motions to dismiss charges against seven of the defendants on February 14, and against four others in November of last year.

Eleven people, including one police officer, were injured in the May 2017 brawl outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington DC. Many of the injured were US citizens, and a previously published video appears to have shown Erdogan’s security guards attacking protestors after speaking with him. 

The charges dropped on February 14 came the day before former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flew to Ankara and met with Erdogan, according to CNN. 

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During the talks between Tillerson and Erdogan, the former secretary of state told the Turkish leader that the dropped charges were an example of how the US had addressed their grievances, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

Turkey has been upset with the US since at least 2016 after it refused to extradite Fetullah Gulen, who has been accused of fomenting the attempted coup that year. The US also starting arming Kurdish forces in Syria, which Turkey views as an extension of the PKK. 

CNN reported that Tillerson wasn’t accompanied with a translator, aides, or note-takers. 

At the same time, US officials said the charges were dropped because investigators misidentified some of the suspects and didn’t have enough evidence on others, WSJ reported. 

Assault charges are still pending against four remaining members of Erdogan’s security team: Ismail Dalkiran, Servet Erkan, Ahmet Karabay, and Mehmet Sarman.

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When The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds And Other CBS Season Finales Will Air – Cinema Blend

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Finale season is in full swing, and primetime television will look like a completely different place pretty soon, as fall favorites start heading into temporary hiatuses (fans hope) to make way for other new and returning summer shows. CBS is set to slowly shed its skin from the fall season, and the network has revealed the finale dates for shows like The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, and everything else the network’s millions-strong viewership loves.

Monday, April 16

10:00 p.m. ET- Scorpion (4th Season Finale)

Wednesday, April 18

9:00 p.m. ET- Criminal Minds (2-Hour 13th Season Finale)

Friday, May 4

8:00 p.m. ET- Macgyver (2nd Season Finale)

Monday, May 7

8:00 p.m. ET-Kevin Can Wait (2nd Season Finale)

Tuesday, May 8

9:00 p.m. ET-Bull (2nd Season Finale)

Thursday, May 10

8:00 p.m. ET-The Big Bang Theory (11th Season Finale)

8:30 p.m. ET-Young Sheldon (1st Season Finale)

9:00 p.m. ET-Mom (1-Hour 5th Season Finale)

Friday, May 11

10:00 p.m. ET-Blue Bloods (8th Season Finale)

Things kick off on Monday, April 16, with the Season 4 finale of Scorpion, and fans can probably expect something big setting up the expected next season. Criminal Minds comes roaring in just a couple days later with an extended two-hour finale on Wednesday, which is a pretty epic way to polish off the emotiona ups and downs of Season 13. Those two finales will put a cap on April, but finale fever will pick up again in early May with some of the younger CBS originals coming to an end, such as the star-heavy MacGyver, Kevin Can Wait, and Bull.

Perhaps the biggest finale day for CBS has to be Thursday, May 10, which is when two of its biggest winners, The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon, say goodbye for the summer. Get ready for a big wedding on the former, when the adult George Cooper Jr. makes his first Big Bang appearance, and no worries about either show’s fate, as both have been guaranteed returns in the fall season. Mom will also say goodbye for awhile, and while its future isn’t as set in stone as the two previously mentioned shows, Allison Janney’s recent Oscar win, her previous Emmy success, and the show’s consistent ratings might just earn its Season 6 renewal. This first batch of finales finishes out with Blue Bloods on Friday, May 11, but after the weekend that follows Tom Selleck’s seasonal farewell, CBS is back at it again with more season finales:

Monday, May 14

9:00 p.m. ET-Superior Donuts (2nd Season Finale)

Tuesday, May 15

9:00 p.m. ET-NCIS: New Orleans (2-Hour 4th Season Finale)

Wednesday, May 16

9:00 p.m. ET-SEAL Team (1st Season Finale)

Thursday, May 17

9:00 p.m. ET-Life In Pieces (1-Hour 3rd Season Finale)

10:00 p.m. ET-S.W.A.T. (1st Season Finale)

Friday, May 18

9:00 p.m. ET-Hawaii Five-0 (8th Season Finale)

Sunday, May 20

8:00 p.m. ET-NCIS: Los Angeles (2-Hour 9th Season Finale)

10:00 p.m. ET-Madam Secretary (4th Season Finale)

Monday, May 21

8:30 p.m. ET-Man With A Plan (2nd Season Finale)

9:30 p.m. ET-Living Biblically (1st Season Finale)

Tuesday, May 22

8:00 p.m. ET-NCIS (15th Season Finale)

Wednesday, May 23

8:00 p.m. ET-Survivor (36th Season Finale)

10:00 p.m. ET-Survivor Live Reunion Show

Monday, May 14, kicks off a week of big comedic and dramatic finales for Superior Donuts, NCIS: New Orleans, SEAL Team, Life In Pieces, S.W.A.T., and Hawaii Five-0, which all say farewell that week. There’s nothing too unusual about any of those endings, save the fact that NCIS: New Orleans will conclude with a two-hour season capper, and Life In Pieces will get an hour-long season finale.

The lull between finales is a bit shorter in the next stretch, with NCIS: Los Angeles saying goodbye to Season 9 on Sunday, May 20, followed by Madam Secretary‘s Season 4 finale immediately after. CBS’ finale season rounds out with the bubble comedies Man With A Plan and Living Biblically on Monday, May 21, and with the ratings-conquering vets NCIS and Survivor closing things out that Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, with the latter getting a three-hour stretch that includes the live reunion show.

As CBS winds down its current slate of programming, plenty of other new and returning shows will pop up to take their place. Keep track of all the action of things coming to the service with our midseason premiere guide.



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John Dowd resigns from Trump's personal legal team – CBS News

Updated Mar 22, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

John Dowd — a top attorney on President Trump’s personal legal team who said it’s time for the Russia collusion probe to end — has resigned from the president’s personal legal team, CBS News has confirmed. 

“I love the president and wish him well,” Dowd told CBS News. 

The New York Times first reported his resignation. Dowd joined Mr. Trump’s legal team in June to help with matters related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling and any ties to Trump associates. On Saturday, Dowd made news when he said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should “bring an end” to Mueller’s investigation.

“I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt Dossier,” Dowd wrote to CBS News.

“Just end it on the merits in light of recent revelations,” he added. 

Dowd’s departure comes just days after Mr. Trump brought on Joe dieGenova, a former criminal lawyer and federal prosecutor who regularly appears on Fox News, to his personal legal team. 

Only last week, Mr. Trump decried the “Failing New York Times” for “purposely” writing a “false story” saying he is “unhappy” with his legal team and will add another lawyer to help out. But Mr. Trump did add a new lawyer, days later.

— CBS News’ chief White House correspondent Major Garrett, and CBS News’ Katiana Krawchenko and Jacqueline Alemany contributed to this report. 

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Trump's broad nondisclosure agreement was reportedly meant to appease him, and wasn't actually enforceable

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  • The White House counsel who created President Donald Trump’s nondisclosure agreement for staff members reportedly suggested the document was not legally binding.
  • The NDA imposed financial penalties, $10 million for each offense, for staff members who released unauthorized “confidential information.”
  • White House counsel Don McGahn privately told senior aides that the NDA was primarily drafted to appease Trump, who expressed dissatisfaction with embarrassing leaks coming from the White House.

The White House counsel who created President Donald Trump’s nondisclosure agreement for White House staff members reportedly suggested the document was not legally binding, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

The NDA imposed financial penalties, $10 million for each offense, for staff members who released unauthorized “confidential information.” The agreement was said to remain in effect even after a staffer leaves the White House.

White House counsel Don McGahn privately told senior aides that the NDA was primarily drafted to appease Trump, and with the hope of preventing embarrassing leaks coming from the White House.

McGahn was also said to have made it clear to people who signed the document that it was not enforceable.

Some staff members reportedly resisted signing the document, but eventually gave in to pressure from then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.

According to one source familiar with the situation, Trump wanted to make staff members think twice about spilling insider details on his administration by making them think they would be “on the hook for some serious damages,” The Washington Post, which first reported on the existence of the NDA, reported.

It’s not entirely clear how effective an NDA would be in the White House. Federal government employees, to some degree, can be bound by rules that govern how internal communications are recorded and archived. Some White House staffers have simply talked to reporters on background, or off the record to avoid scrutiny.

Trump said in an interview in 2016 that if he were to be elected president, he would want all high-level federal employees to sign NDAs.

“When people are chosen by a man to go into government at high levels and then they leave government and they write a book about a man and say a lot of things that were really guarded and personal, I don’t like that,” Trump told The Post.

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'Criminal Minds' Recap: Why Is the UnSub Obsessed with Clowns? – BuddyTV (blog)

At first, this episode of Criminal Minds seems to be all about inducing a fear of clowns, but it’s actually a story about two brothers and how their childhood fears still affect them even as adults. The BAU heads to Oklahoma to investigate disturbing murders after the UnSub crosses state lines, and it’s not long before they realize they’re not just looking for one person.

“The Capilanos” was directed by Matthew Gray Gubler, so of course it has its jump moments. (You’ll probably decide against getting up for a midnight snack after the creepy clown hiding under the bed and behind the refrigerator door, but once the episode gets past those, the clown surprises aren’t quite so scary anymore. Instead, you’re left feeling bad for one of the UnSubs and wondering what this trauma is going to do to the kids left behind when they become adults.

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He’s Already in the House

The UnSub has already struck once when he hides underneath the bed of Mark Wilson and adds him to his victim list. Mark’s seven-year-old son, Dylan, sees the entire thing. Both Mark and the first victim, Sam Franklin, were strong, married men with kids.

They were beaten to death and the sides of their mouths cut to make it look like they were smiling. Since the latter was done postmortem, it wasn’t about inflicting pain. The UnSub was compelled to do it and is showing patricidal tendencies.

Mark was killed around midnight, but Dylan didn’t call 911 until sunrise. He was in the house with his father’s dead body for hours, so it’s not surprising that he’s not talking. He claims that the killer is a clown, but is he just projecting something he fears? Based on the detail of the drawing he does for Reid, no. The detail in the costume suggests something precise, and since the M.E. found grease paint under the latest victim’s nails, the UnSub’s face is hand-painted.

Garcia finds robberies in Colorado linked by a bizarre smiley face carved into the doors, likely the work of their UnSub. The homeowners weren’t home, but were these just targets of opportunity? And why did the UnSub evolve to murder? His first victim, Sam, did tell his wife that he was almost T-boned on his way home and the driver lost it. Did that chance encounter lead to murder?

The UnSub does appear to have one line he won’t cross: hurting children. He leaves Dylan alive and doesn’t kill the kids of his next victims either. After surprising a father in the kitchen, he kills the mother as well, perhaps because she tried to stop him.

Does the UnSub have abandonment issues? Or could there be a submissive partner that’s the influence keeping the kids alive? The UnSub could be killing strong male figures to prove his dominance, but why cut their mouths? Could he have a similar one?

The submissive partner pulls the van over before a road block, worried that they’ll be caught, and this is when he sees the blood on the other man’s clothes. He thought no one was getting hurt, and his partner brushes off his concerns.

The Life They’ve Always Known

While Reid looks through clown drawings to find one that looks like Dylan’s, Mia Wilson admits that she doesn’t know how she’s going to get her son through this. Reid brings up that split second of peace, when you wake up and don’t remember what’s happened. She just needs to find a way to help Dylan hold onto that moment and make sure he knows that it’ll take time for him to heal.

Dylan will talk when he’s ready, Reid assures Mia, and the seven-year-old does, telling the agent that the clown was wearing a denim shirt and smelled like horses.

Just after the team’s given their profile to the local law enforcement, two men are spotted matching their description. However, these two men are just two guys who dress up as clowns to get them the attention they don’t get in their daily lives.

The submissive UnSub, Tony, joins his wife, Dina, and son, Mikey, in a motel room. They have enough to continue on their way to Florida. However, when the news reports the recent murders, he realizes what his partner has done and confronts him. The other man, Sal, admits that he’s killed four people and has lost all their money gambling. But he has a plan: they just need to rob a rich ranch owner.

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However, when they get to the ranch, things don’t go as planned, and the owner has a shotgun. Sal fights back, and the owner ends up with a gunshot wound to his shoulder. The two men then fled, but thanks to a security system, they now know what they look like.

Most clowns believe that it’s who they are, and with circuses going out of business, they need to find other work. They did, at rodeos, both in Colorado and now in Oklahoma. At one rodeo, J.J. and Simmons learn that the Capilano brothers were fired after Sal got into a fight, and they were also fired in Colorado. Since their names are no longer good in the area since owners talk, they’d have to give underground rodeos a try to make money.

The brothers continue to disagree about their methods and part ways, but not before we learn that Sal lets their father beat him and cut the side of his mouth so he wouldn’t hurt Tony. To make money for his family, Tony heads to one of the underground rodeos and manages to talk his way in to make gas money.

But Sal’s not far behind, and he drags Dina out of the van while she waits outside the rodeo. He blames her for taking Tony from him, and the only thing that stops him from choking her is Mikey waking up in the back of the van. Sal then runs off into the rodeo.

As the team learns, the brothers have only known the circus life and lost their jobs a few months ago, which was like losing their identities and their stressor. Their father was an abusive drunk and killed their mother, and they were orphans just like the victims’ children. Sal was a daredevil wannabe, and he’s still chasing that adrenaline rush as he kills surrogates for their father.

Is There a Happy Ending to This (Freaky) Story?

After Sal shoots the guy running the rodeo in the leg and grabs the key to his safe, Tony tries to stop him and threatens to call the police. He’ll be put away too, his brother warns him and then dares to make a lewd comment about his wife. The brothers get into it, and Tony ends up holding the gun. That’s when J.J. and Simmons show up, and she talks Tony down even as Sal taunts him. He doesn’t have to be like his brother or his father, and Tony drops the gun and surrenders. Sal laughs as the brothers are taken away in handcuffs.

At the police station, Tony tries to convince Dina to stick to their plan and take Mikey to Florida. He could be in prison for up to 10 years, and he doesn’t want his son to see him like that.

As for the kids, Dylan’s talking again, and he even invites Mikey over to draw with him and then gives him a drawing as their mothers and the team watch.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions 'not under investigation' by special counsel Robert Mueller for perjury, lawyer says – CNBC

Special counsel Robert Mueller is not investigating Attorney General Jeff Sessions for perjury or for making false statements to Congress about his contacts with Russians, a lawyer for Sessions said Wednesday.

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That extraordinary statement by Sessions’ attorney came as a news report said that Sessions had been the subject of a criminal investigation over possibly misleading statements to Congress — a probe that was originally being overseen by then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Sessions fired McCabe on Friday for McCabe’s alleged “lack of candor” on multiple occasions.

McCabe’s termination was recommended by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility after the Justice Department’s inspector general found that McCabe showed a lack of candor about his decision to allow FBI officials to talk to reporters during a probe of the Clinton Foundation.

McCabe denied making misleading statements, and had said he was axed as part of President Donald Trump‘s “ongoing war on the F.B.I.” and on Mueller.

“I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey,” McCabe has said, referring to Trump’s termination of former FBI director Comey last year.

Sessions had testified during his confirmation hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee in January 2017 that during Trump’s presidential campaign he did not have any communications with Russians.

“I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn’t have — did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it,” Sessions told the committee.

However, it later became known that Sessions had met twice with Russia’s ambassador in 2016. One of those meetings occurred two months before the presidential election, but Sessions’ spokeswoman said he did not mislead Congress.

ABC News reported Wednesday that McCabe had overseen a criminal investigation of Sessions’ statements to Congress, before Mueller, who was appointed special counsel last May, took over that probe as part of his broader inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Sessions, who has recused himself from investigations related to Russian meddling, was interviewed in January by Mueller’s office.

A source close to Sessions told CNBC that at the time he fired McCabe the attorney general was not aware that he previously had been under the reported criminal investigation.

Sessions’ lawyer Chuck Cooper, in an emailed statement to CNBC, said, “The Special Counsel’s Office has informed me that after interviewing the Attorney General and conducting additional investigation, the Attorney General is not under investigation for false statements or perjury in his confirmation hearing testimony and related written submissions to Congress.”

A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment on Cooper’s statement.

The Justice Department directed CNBC to Cooper’s statement when asked for comment.

A former high-ranking law enforcement official, when asked about the ABC News report, told CNBC, “This underscores how important it is that the Special Counsel’s office be allowed to do what they do and why it can’t be handled through the usual course of business at the DOJ.”

“This raises questions about the process, timing and role of the Attorney General in the firing” of McCabe, the official said.

“What does it mean to be recused if you can fire everyone involved in the investigation?”

Additional reporting by Eamon Javers

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The story behind Netflix's new docuseries about a 'sex cult' that committed the largest bioterror attack in US history

Wild wild country

Netflix’s latest docuseries, “Wild Wild Country,” depicts the scandals surrounding a “crazy sex cult” that in 1984 committed the largest bioterror attack in US history. 

The series traces the controversial history of the Indian mystic Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and the spiritual movement he founded in Mumbai in 1970.

In 1981, Rajneesh fled political resistance in India and led his thousands of followers (“Rajneeshees”) to construct a utopian city in the desert of Wasco County, Oregon.

When the new, expansive commune came into conflict with local ranchers and the Oregon government, many shades of trouble ensued. 

The following is a brief history of the Rajneeshee movement and its controversies, as depicted in Netflix’s “Wild Wild Country” through six hour-long episodes of archival footage and interviews: 

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In 1970, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho, founded a spiritual movement and commune in Mumbai, India. His teachings — which featured “an odd mix of capitalism, meditation, ethnic and dirty jokes, and open sexuality” — earned him an international following and reputation as a “sex guru.”

Source: Slate

In the early 1980s, Rajneesh faced increasing pressure from Indian authorities over his group’s sexual rituals and controversial practices. In 1981, he fled the country and gathered around two thousand of his followers to establish a utopian city on a 64,000-acre plot of land in Wasco County, Oregon.

Source: Oregon Live

The utopian commune, called Rajneeshpuram, immediately came into conflict with the small enclave of ranchers residing in the nearby town of Antelope.

“They’re invading,” an Oregonian says in footage from the series. “Maybe not with bullets, but with money and, um, immoral sex.”


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Vanessa Trump Hires Criminal Attorney After Don Jr. Split. Could She Be Drawn Into Russia Probe? –

Vanessa Trump has reportedly hired a criminal defense attorney to represent her in her divorce from Donald Trump Jr., a surprising choice that sparked speculation she could be drawn into special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

The New York Post‘s Page Six, who on Wednesday broke the news of the couple’s impending divorce, reports that White Plains, New York-based criminal lawyer David Feureisen is representing Vanessa, according to paperwork filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday.

The choice seems particularly unusual given that the divorce is listed as “uncontested,” which means the split is amicable and there are no disputes to be resolved in court.

Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump

Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump

Neena Tankha, a celebrity divorce lawyer and partner at Warshaw Burstein LLP in New York, tells PEOPLE, “There is no explanation for retaining a criminal defense attorney for a divorce case. Even when filing an uncontested divorce, the general practice is to retain a matrimonial attorney, who is familiar with the process of obtaining a Judgment of Divorce.”

Addressing social media speculation over the Russia investigation, Tanhka says that “any theories connecting her choice of attorney to the Russian probe are misplaced, since the marital communications privilege survives the termination of the marriage.”

The celebrity divorce lawyer explains that as a result of the impending divorce, Vanessa will no longer be able to assert spousal testimonial immunity, which would have allowed her to avoid testifying against her husband regarding allegations he colluded with Russia.

But Tanhka says Vanessa could still refuse to answer questions about their private communications during the marriage under the marital communications privilege, which survives the split.

“She may request a kicker for her to maintain those marital communications as private after the divorce,” Tanhka explains.

The divorce bombshell comes after special counsel Mueller reportedly subpoenaed the Trump Organization, which Trump Jr. and younger brother Eric took over after their father became president. The New York Times reported Thursday that Mueller is ordering the company to turn over documents, including some related to Russia.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in her Thursday press briefing that the president is cooperating with the investigation and referred further questions to the Trump Organization.

Over the summer, Trump Jr. found himself at the center of a firestorm after it was revealed that he took a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer promising dirt on his father’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

Trump Jr. made matters worse for himself when he tweeted screen shots of the email chain, exposing his glee (“I love it”) over the prospect of learning damaging information about Clinton. Hours later, Trump Jr. went on Fox News’ Hannity and said, “In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently.”

Mueller’s probe has gradually been closing in on the president’s inner circle and, according to recent reports from The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, is still intensely focused on figuring out what happened during the meeting, as well as investigating President Trump’s claim that the discussion was about American adoptions of Russian children.

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