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Three White Men Murdered a Black Man Found Guilty: The Trial Mysteriously Not Covered by the Media

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While the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and verdict dominated headlines, the trial of the three men charged in Ahmaud Arbery’s death has been largely overlooked.

The three men on trial were Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan. Today the jury found them guilty in the death of Arbery.

It’s been more than a year and a half since 25-year-old Arbery was killed near Brunswick, Georgia, and over the past three weeks, the trial of the three defendants has been playing out.

On Feb. 23, 2020, while out on a run in a suburban neighborhood near Brunswick, Arbery was shot after an encounter with the three men.

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The killing went largely unnoticed for a few months until on May 5, 2020, a video of the encounter and Arbery’s resulting death was released, according to CNN’s timeline of events.

According to the video, and the accounts from the three men convicted, they pursued Arbery through the neighborhood and tried to stop him. When he resisted, Travis McMichael shot Arbery three times.

The McMichaels said they thought that Arbery looked like a suspect that had allegedly been seen in the neighborhood and they suspected was involved in some robberies. So the McMichaels armed themselves, Gregory with a pistol and Travis with a shotgun, and pursued Arbery in a pickup truck through the neighborhood. Bryan later joined the pursuit with his truck, as the BBC reported.

After the video of the conflict and shooting surfaced, the McMichaels were arrested on May 7, 2020. A few days later, Georgia’s attorney general requested a federal investigation into the incident. After that, Bryan was arrested on May 21, 2020.

In June, all three men were indicted on murder charges, and in July, they all pleaded not guilty. After that, the McMichaels were denied bond.

In April of this year, the suspects were indicted on federal hate crime charges, plead not guilty again, in federal court, and then waited for the trial to begin.

One complication in the case was that Arbery reportedly had run-ins with the law before. Before the trial began, the presiding judge, Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley, ruled that the defense would not be allowed to use evidence from Arbery’s past, The Associated Press reported in September.

The judge said that evidence of Arbery’s past run-ins with the law could unfairly “lead the jury to believe that although Arbery did not apparently commit any felony that day, he may pose future dangerousness in that he would eventually commit more alleged crimes, and therefore, the Defendants’ actions were somehow justified … The character of victim is neither relevant nor admissible in murder trial.”

Finally, in October, jury selection began, and by Nov. 3, a jury was seated. The jury is made up of 11 white jurors and one black juror, CNN reported.

Now the three men are facing nine charges each. For each charge, the three defendants are charged individually and as “parties concerned in the commission of a crime” as The New York Times reported.

The counts are malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony.

Malice murder is defined by Georgia’s laws as causing a person’s death with deliberate intention. Felony murder applies when a death is caused when committing another felony, “irrespective of malice,” according to state law. Felony and malice murder both carry sentences of life imprisonment.

Aggravated assault is defined as an assault with a deadly weapon. False imprisonment is when a person without legal authority arrests, confines or detains a person. And criminal attempt to commit a felony is defined by Georgia as “any act which constitutes a substantial step toward the commission of that crime.”

In the trial, the McMichaels’ defense argued that Travis shot Arbery in self-defense, and that the McMichaels and Bryan were attempting to conduct a citizen’s arrest of Arbery since they suspected that he might have stolen something from a house in the neighborhood that was under construction, NPR reported.

However, Detective Parker Marcy of the Glynn County Police Department testified in the trial that Gregory McMichael told him that he never saw Arbery commit a crime, CNN reported.

The prosecution and the judge did make it clear to the jury that there was also a major flaw in the McMichaels’ reasoning that they were justified in performing a citizen’s arrest.

The prosecution explained that “immediate knowledge” of Arbery committing a crime is a requirement of a citizen’s arrest. Lead prosecutor Linda Dunikoski said the men decided to “attack” because Arbery “was a black man running down the street,” not because he was a threat, NBC News reported.

Walmsley further clarified this point to the jury that a “private citizen’s warrantless arrest must occur immediately after the perpetration of the offense, or in the case of felonies during escape.”

“If the observer fails to make the arrest immediately after the commission of the offense, or during escape in the case of felonies, his power to do so is extinguished,” Walmsley said.

Travis McMichael also took the stand during the trial and testified that he was attacked by Arbery and said that he believed he was in a “life or death situation” when he shot Arbery, as KESQ-TV reported.

“I shot him … He had my gun, he struck me, it was obvious … that he was attacking me, that if he would have gotten the shotgun from me, then it was a life or death situation,” McMichael said.

In the closing arguments, the prosecutor said the defendants were not acting in self-defense. Arbery was unarmed and they had no justification for a citizen’s arrest.

“He ran away from them for five minutes. No weapon. No threats. No way to call for help. Didn’t even have a cell phone on him. Ran away from them for five minutes,” Dunikoski said, NPR reported.

But the defense continued to argue in their closing arguments that the McMichaels were justified in trying to detain Arbery and then defend themselves against him.

“You are allowed to defend yourself. You are allowed to use force that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury if you believe it’s necessary,” defense attorney Jason Sheffield said. “At that moment Travis believed it was necessary. This is a law that is for a person in Travis’s situation.”

Meanwhile, Bryan’s defense lawyers argued that his involvement was irrelevant to Arbery’s death.

“Roddie Bryan’s presence is absolutely superfluous and irrelevant to the tragic death of Ahmaud Arbery,” defense attorney Kevin Gough said during his closing arguments.

The jury found all three men guilty, however.

CNN reported that Travis McMichael is convicted on one count of malice murder and four counts of felony murder. He has also been indicted on three “separate federal hate crime charges, which include interference with rights, attempted kidnapping and using, carrying, brandishing, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.” The federal trial is set to take place in February and he could face additional penalties.

Gregory McMichaels, Travis’ father, has also been convicted of felony murder. Like his son, he also faces three separate federal hate crime charges, including  “interference with rights, attempted kidnapping and using, carrying, brandishing, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.”

Finally, William “Roddie” Bryan was convicted of felony murder but the jury acquitted him of the malice murder charge. Like the McMichaels, Bryan also faces federal hate crime charges.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Olympic Athlete Reveals Chilling Side Effect of COVID Booster Shot

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Professional athletes fine-tune their bodies in an effort to be the best in the world — but what happens when something goes wrong with a medical procedure?

That’s the unfortunate position Swiss sprinter and Olympian Sarah Atcho found herself in after having a severe reaction to a COVID-19 booster vaccine.

The 26-year-old who competed in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games took to social media on Monday to share her experience with the world, giving a matter-of-fact account of a possibly life-changing event.

“Obviously as you know, I’m trying to be as transparent as I can and now is more important than ever,” she began her lengthy post.

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“On December 22 I got my booster vaccination because I didn’t want to struggle with this when the season started. I was told that it was safer to get Pfizer (even though I had Moderna the first time) to avoid cardiac side effects,” she wrote.

A recent study found that Moderna’s vaccine is four times more likely to cause heart inflammation than Pfizer’s. Sweden and Finland have both halted its use.

“On December 27 I felt a tightness in the chest and started feeling dizzy while walking up the stairs,” the young athlete continued.

“This happened a few more times until I decided to check with a cardiologist who diagnosed me with pericarditis (inflammation of the thin membrane surrounding the heart).”

Atcho went on to say she would have to take time off from activities that increased her heart rate.

“I have to admit that I am upset at the situation because we don’t talk enough about the side effects. I feel helpless since this is completely out of my control,” Atcho disclosed.

“I am glad the vaccine helped avoid many deaths and reduce the pressure on the hospitals and hospital staff however I am frustrated that myself as well as other young and healthy people are suffering from these heavy side effects,” she added.

There have been other anecdotal accounts of young athletes experiencing serious side effects such as myocarditis and pericarditis after receiving COVID-19 vaccines, but officials still insist this occurrence is rare.

Of course, it’s hard to tell, since even talking about vaccine side effects or expressing skepticism about the jab is enough to get a person de-platformed.

Dr. Robert Malone, who was instrumental in inventing the mRNA technology used in the COVID-19 vaccines, was thrown off Twitter for expressing his concerns that the vaccines may be doing more harm than good.

Regardless of whether Malone is correct or not, any treatment or procedure should be able to withstand the scrutiny that comes with speaking about its potential side effects.

Perhaps Atcho is a one-in-a-million case — who knows? But the fact that vaccine injury is a subject too taboo to discuss in public raises major red flags.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Professional athletes fine-tune their bodies in an effort to be the best in the world — but what happens when something goes wrong with a medical procedure? That’s the unfortunate position Swiss sprinter and Olympian Sarah Atcho found herself in after having a severe reaction to a COVID-19 booster vaccine. The 26-year-old who competed in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games took to social media on Monday to share her experience with the world, giving a matter-of-fact account of a possibly life-changing event. “Obviously as you know, I’m trying to be as transparent as I can and now is more important than ever,” she began her lengthy post. “On December 22 I got my booster vaccination because I didn’t want to struggle with this when the season started. I was told that it was safer to get Pfizer (even though I had Moderna the first time) to avoid cardiac side effects,” she wrote. A recent study found that Moderna’s vaccine is four times more likely to cause heart inflammation than Pfizer’s. Sweden and Finland have both halted its use. “On December 27 I felt a tightness in the chest and started feeling dizzy while walking up the stairs,” the young athlete continued. “This happened a few more times until I decided to check with a cardiologist who diagnosed me with pericarditis (inflammation of the thin membrane surrounding the heart).” Atcho went on to say she would have to take time off from activities that increased her heart rate. “I have to admit that I am upset at the situation because we don’t talk enough about the side effects. I feel helpless since this is completely out of my control,” Atcho disclosed. “I am glad the vaccine helped avoid many deaths and reduce the pressure on the hospitals and hospital staff however I…

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GOP Reps Launch Probe After Solar Company Owned by Biden Megadonor Gets $500 Million Loan from Feds

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The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation is a federal agency providing financing mainly in developing countries for projects involving infrastructure, energy and more.

Last month, DFC loaned $500 million to Arizona-based First Solar to build a plant in India.

A Dec. 7 DFC news release chirped that the agency was “thrilled to be in a position to support First Solar’s new venture in India…vertically integrated photovoltaic solar modular manufacturing…” and the usual blah, blah, blah of a cheerleading news release.

What the news release did not say is that a big stockholder at First Solar is a major donor to the presidential campaign of Joe Biden.

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Lukas Walton, a Walmart heir, gave over $300,000 to the Biden campaign and more than $100,000  to the Democratic National Committee, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

That caught the attention of a pair of Republicans on the House Oversight Committee, Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, ranking member on the committee, and Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina, ranking member on the environmental subcommittee.

They want to see DFC records regarding the First Solar loan.

“The loan, which is DFC’s ‘largest single debt financing transaction,’ raises questions about the involvement of political considerations in the analysis and decision-making processes at the DFC,” Comer and Norman said in a letter to the DFC.

The congressmen want records of communications about First Solar between the DFC and the White House. They’re also interested in communications involving billionaire Walton or individuals representing him.

“Given Mr. Walton’s extensive history [of] fundraising for Democrats, this loan raises questions about what role his political contributions may have played in DFC’s decision to grant this loan,” Comer and Norman wrote.

First Solar referred the Free Beacon to the DFC for comment and the DFC declined to respond.

The Congressmen also are interested in a Jan. 7 class-action lawsuit by shareholders claiming First Solar executives put out misleading information and inflated its stock price.

In that suit, the pension fund of Pontiac, Michigan, employees claimed that a First Solar solar module was “grossly underperforming and was unable to hit its wattage targets.”

Those claims inappropriately boosted 2019 stock prices and caused investors to lose money, the Free Beacon said.

In 2020, First Solar settled for $350 million with two U.K. pension fund stockholders who filed suit claiming First Solar’s misleading financial statements had inflated stock prices between 2008 and 2012.

The DFC was known before 2019 as the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which had a “history of deals gone bad when mixing taxpayer dollars with politically connected entities like First Solar,” Tom Anderson, director of the Government Integrity Project at the National Legal and Policy Center told the Free Beacon.

“This agency has a history of favoring entities backed by huge political contributors, like First Solar, by giving them less scrutiny while prioritizing politically connected projects above entities and individuals who are not politically active,” Anderson said.

But a DFC spokesperson, whom the Free Beacon said asked not to be named, said the December deal had “absolutely nothing to do with politics.”

This is not the first time First Solar has been scrutinized by Republican House Oversight Committee members. They examined it in 2012, while reviewing Obama administration federal loans to solar companies that included the bankruptcy of politically-connected Solyndra and its default on a $500 million federal loan.

During the Obama administration there were $3 billion in loan guarantees to First Solar despite the company not being qualified to receive them, Republican members of Congress at the time said.

While known as OPIC, the agency in 2010 facilitated a $10 million loan to a donor of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Instead of using the money for a Haiti relief program, the donor kept it, later being sent to prison for fraud, according to the Free Beacon.

The current DFC loan was part of the Biden administration’s “Build Back Better World” program.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation is a federal agency providing financing mainly in developing countries for projects involving infrastructure, energy and more. Last month, DFC loaned $500 million to Arizona-based First Solar to build a plant in India. A Dec. 7 DFC news release chirped that the agency was “thrilled to be in a position to support First Solar’s new venture in India…vertically integrated photovoltaic solar modular manufacturing…” and the usual blah, blah, blah of a cheerleading news release. What the news release did not say is that a big stockholder at First Solar is a major donor to the presidential campaign of Joe Biden. Lukas Walton, a Walmart heir, gave over $300,000 to the Biden campaign and more than $100,000  to the Democratic National Committee, The Washington Free Beacon reported. That caught the attention of a pair of Republicans on the House Oversight Committee, Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, ranking member on the committee, and Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina, ranking member on the environmental subcommittee. They want to see DFC records regarding the First Solar loan. “The loan, which is DFC’s ‘largest single debt financing transaction,’ raises questions about the involvement of political considerations in the analysis and decision-making processes at the DFC,” Comer and Norman said in a letter to the DFC. The congressmen want records of communications about First Solar between the DFC and the White House. They’re also interested in communications involving billionaire Walton or individuals representing him. “Given Mr. Walton’s extensive history [of] fundraising for Democrats, this loan raises questions about what role his political contributions may have played in DFC’s decision to grant this loan,” Comer and Norman wrote. First Solar referred the Free Beacon to the DFC for comment and the DFC declined to respond. The Congressmen also are interested…

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