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Politics, Not Justice: Officer Derek Chauvin Found Guilty on All Counts

On Tuesday, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three of the charges he faced in the death of George Floyd.

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On Tuesday evening, former Minneapolis  police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three of the charges he faced in the death of George Floyd.

Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

This is an absurd miscarriage of justice and is a political outcome, not justice. Chauvin is not guilty of murder at all. Certainly, the case can be made for manslaughter. But this man had no intentions of murdering anyone.

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After months of racial antagonism, witness intimidation, political interference, and threats, this jury bowed to the pressure and convicted Chauvin on all three charges.

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As Breitbart News reported:

Earlier in the day, with the jury sequestered in deliberations, President Joe Biden said he had spoken with Floyd’s family, and weighed in on the trial: “I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict. Which is – I think it’s overwhelming in my view.”

Asked later at a White House press briefing what the president had meant, press secretary Jen Psaki repeatedly refused to elaborate, saying only that the president would not comment further until a verdict had actually been reached.

Judge Cahill admitted Monday that the remarks of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) over the weekend calling for unrest unless Chauvin was found guilty created potential grounds for appeal in the event of a conviction, but declined to declare a mistrial.

The defense is set to appeal and will argue that Chauvin was denied a fair trial by the judge’s decision not to change the venue of the trial and not to sequester the jury during a period in which there were further police shootings and local riots.

Charges of murder mean that a death was caused on purpose and with intent. The degrees, though, make the act less and less virulent. For instance, second degree murder means that the killer did not have premeditated intent. Second and third degree usually means that the act was a crime of passion.

On the other hand, manslaughter means that the killer’s actions caused a death, but it was through negligence and death was not caused on purpose.

If Chauvin is guilty of anything, it would be manslaughter. He may have been negligent. But he never intended to kill anyone.

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Ohio Now Offering Lottery-Like Jackpots to Promote Vaccinations

Ohio’s vaccination push has become a gameshow, apparently.

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Vaccine hesitation has been one of the most worrisome parts of the coronavirus pandemic of late, especially as we approach the next critical stage in our economic recovery. You see, in America, there is a very real feeling that the government should not be able to mandate what it is that we decide to do with our bodies, and, more importantly, what we decide to put into  our bodies.  This is about personal sovereignty, and rightly so.  After all, this is the land of the free. That’s why the government has long avoided mandating vaccinations for the COVID-19 pandemic – it simply wouldn’t work, in all honesty, and there would be a massive revolt if they did choose to go down that path. So, instead, officials are trying to entice citizens to be inoculated either by making the unvaccinated into second-class citizens, or by luring them in with cash and prizes like some two-bit gameshow. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has come up with an unorthodox incentive for Ohioans to get vaccinated. Starting next Wednesday, adults who have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and are at least 18 years old, may enter a lottery that will provide a $1 million prize each Wednesday for five weeks. DeWine, a Republican, said the pool of names for the drawing will come from the Ohio Secretary of State’s publicly available voter registration database. Those who are not in the database can sign up for the drawings on a separate webpage, DeWine said. In random drawings, the state will also provide five full four-year scholarships to an Ohio public university—including tuition, room-and-board, and books—to Ohioans under the age of 18 who have been vaccinated. The Ohio Lottery will conduct the drawings, and the money will come from existing federal pandemic relief dollars, DeWine…

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Free At Last: CDC Updates Mask Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated

This is HUGE!

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The moment that many of us have been waiting for has seemingly arrived, as the CDC has now updated their COVID-19 mask guidelines to reflect the state of affairs here in the United States. After 14 months of worry and wonder, the nation’s top health officials are now suggesting that fully-vaccinated individuals can shed their protective face coverings, should they choose to do so. People fully vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, except under certain circumstances, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House Covid-19 briefing. “We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy.” Calling it an “exciting and powerful moment,” Walensky said the science supports the updated CDC guidance that “anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities — large or small — without wearing a mask or physical distancing.” The decision followed the science, with the CDC using an amalgamation of studies from both the US and Israel to come to their conclusion. And while the mask mandate will certainly change the way many of us interact at the grocery store or inside of a restaurant, the CDC has not lifted their mandates for travelers, who are often packed into airplanes or busses with recirculating air and no way of knowing who is at-risk and who is not.

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