dangerous political climate may have led to racist American murdering lebanese man

The political climate and rhetoric of this election may have definitely set this racist off, who was able to still obtain a gun even though there was a restraining order in place to prevent him from doing so. The legal system completly failed this victim and let this crazy American asshole racist, who had beef with all types of races, commit an act of murder.

from http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/08/16/the_story_of_khalid_jabara_s_murder_is_devastating_and_infuriating.html?sid=5388d005dd52b8417a002df5&wpsrc=newsletter_slatest

"It’s very hard to know where to begin with the murder of Khalid Jabara, whose story is one of the most devastating and infuriating accounts of systemic failures in the legal system you are likely to read about. That’s the takeaway from a harrowing telling of Jabara’s death published in the Washington Post on Tuesday.

Jabara’s family had allegedly been stalked for years by Vernon Majors, who had described them at one point to police as “filthy Lebanese.” According to a police report described by the Post, Majors confessed last year to nearly killing Jabara’s mother in a horrifying hit-and-run. After initially being denied bail for assault and battery with a deadly weapon among other crimes and spending eight months in jail, District Judge William LaFortune reversed that decision and allowed Majors to be released on bond in May. On Friday, Jabara called police to inform them that he had heard Majors had acquired a gun—as part of a restraining order Jabara’s mother had taken out on Majors, which he had been charged with violating, the 61-year-old was not allowed to possess firearms. The police told Jabara that there was nothing they could do and left his home. Eight minutes later, according to the account Tulsa Police Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker gave the Post, neighbors reported hearing gunshots. Majors had allegedly shot and killed Jabara on his front porch while the 37-year-old was on his cellphone with his family and getting the mail. “When one neighbor screamed at Majors to leave, he pointed his gun at the neighbor before fleeing in his bare feet, leaving footprints in blood and then mud between the two houses,” according to the Post’s telling of the police account. Majors was found hiding behind a tree, arrested with a six pack of beer nearby, taken to the hospital for illness, and police say he will be charged with first-degree murder as soon as he can leave the hospital.

“The Constitution allows for people to bond out,” Walker told the Post of the failures that led to Jabara’s death. “That said, certainly, knowing what we know today, decisions would be made differently.”

Victoria Jabara Williams, Jabara’s sister, described on Facebook the period leading up to her brother’s murder:

This suspect had a history of bigotry against our family. He repeatedly attacked our ethnicity and perceived religion, making racist comments. He often called us “dirty Arabs,” “filthy Lebanese,” “Aye-rabs,” and “Mooslems”—a fact highlighted by the Tulsa Police Department who also heard these comments from the suspect. The suspect’s bigotry was not isolated to us alone. He made xenophobic comments about many in our community — “filthy Mexican” and the “n” word were all part of his hateful approach to anyone from a different background.

….

This [case] is troubling at any time, but profoundly disturbing given the current climate of our country and the increase nationally in cases of hate crimes.

Our brother Khalid was just 37 years old and had his whole life ahead of him. He was a kind spirit, loving brother, uncle and son. Khalid’s heart was big. He cared for our entire family, our friends and people he didn’t even know. He created every Jabara family joke and filled our lives with love and laughter. All of that has been taken away from us by this hateful man and a system that failed to protect our community.

Another of Khalid’s siblings, Rami Jabara, posted this on Facebook about his brother:

While one cannot explain irrationality and evil, one thing I can explain is that indifference and inaction were major factors leading to Khalid’s death. As an attorney, I have seen the system fail defendants, but it also seems to fail the victims just as much or perhaps more. I feel like my family lost, my community lost. My brother lost. We all lost. I feel like we did everything we possibly could do advocate for and protect ourselves. In the past few days while grieving my brother, I can’t help but think about those victims who might not have the knowledge of the legal system to advocate for themselves, or who don’t know the doors to knock on. What about them? For those of you who didn’t know my only brother, he was hilarious, quirky, very intelligent, and really would give all of himself for anyone he loved. I miss him. And I know that I’ll miss him more with every day that passes. I love you Khalid

If all of that weren’t wrenching enough, the details of Majors’ history with the family make the case even more tragic.

On Aug. 6, 2013, Jabara’s mother, Haifa, filed a restraining order against Majors saying he “harassed” and “stalked” her by “knocking at windows late at nite, harassing me with ugly sex words over the phone, taking pictures and harassing my helper in garage.” In March of 2015, Majors was arrested for violating the restraining order, having accosted her and told her “F––– you and I want to kill you,” according to a police report cited by the Post, and his trial on those charges was set for October.

On Sept. 12, 2015, Haifa was discovered on the side of the road with a “severely broken left arm, a broken nose, and road rash all over her body,” according to a police report cited by the Post.

From the Post:

When police located Majors inside an apartment complex near the scene of the hit-and-run, “he was extremely drunk and urinating, without the use of his hands, through his open pants,” according to an incident report.

“Is she ok? Haifa?” Majors said, according to the police report. “I was out driving my car, drunk. I’m always drunk and you guys never stop me. And there was this rabbit, and Haifa jumped out in front of my car.”

“Majors went on to repeat this with variations including that he ‘hit her’ and ‘I left because I was scared,’” the officer wrote in the report. Police found his car with its windshield shattered and “what appeared to be blood or tissue stuck on it.”

Majors, who court records showed was married to a man in 2014, told police that the family “were filthy Lebanese and they throw gay people off roof tops,” a police report stated. Majors was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon, leaving the scene of a collision involving injury, violating a protective order, and public intoxication.

Then eight months after his arrest, according to the Tulsa World, LaFortune ignored a plea from prosecutors who argued that Majors should not be offered bond—or to have bond set higher than it was—because he “demonstrated a wanton disregard for the life of the victim and the safety of the public.” Bail was set at just over $70,000, Majors posted bond, and was released.

Family friend Rebecca Abou-Chedid told the Post that she felt the current political climate was partially responsible for the deaths. “After 9/11 you did not see the rhetoric that you see now. It’s gotten so much worse,” she said. “If crazy people keep hearing that Mexicans are rapists and Arabs are terrorists, well then who are crazy people going to take their craziness out on?” While Majors’ hatred was reportedly directed explicitly at Muslims, Abou-Chedid told the Post that the Jabara family was Christian."

rest at http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/08/16/the_story_of_khalid_jabara_s_murder_is_devastating_and_infuriating.html?sid=5388d005dd52b8417a002df5&wpsrc=newsletter_slatest

Judge in Trump university lawsuit did Donald a solid by not releasing video of his testimony

from https://verdict.justia.com/2016/08/05/trump-university-lawsuit-continues

"Bottom line: “The core question is whether the public’s interest in viewing the demeanor of [Trump] in the deposition videos outweighs the impairment to judicial efficiency likely to result. The Court concludes that it does not.” Or as the judge more bluntly stated it, he “is loath to increase the difficulty of the challenge of seating an impartial jury in order to achieve a limited public benefit” in releasing the videos.

Clearly, of these two most recent rulings, the more significant is the fact that the case is now going to trial in November, along with two related cases. But the class-action RICO case is the greatest threat to Trump, and a loss that would be unbecoming a president-elect, should he win in November. For if he loses the RICO case not only will he have been found to have committed serious federal felonies, but he is subject to treble damages and attorney fees, which could result in a personal bankruptcy."

rest at https://verdict.justia.com/2016/08/05/trump-university-lawsuit-continues

Harvard Republican Club Will Not Support Party Nominee Donald Trump

from http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2016/8/5/republican-club-not-support-trump/

"The Harvard Republican Club announced it would not support Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, and called for Republican leaders to withdraw their support of the candidate they called a “threat to the survival of the Republic” in a press release Thursday.

In the scathing statement, the largest conservative group at Harvard cited “both policy and temperamental concerns” about Trump and condemned his divisive campaign rhetoric they say “is poisoning our country and our children.”

The Republican Club polled its members earlier this week and found that 10 percent of Harvard Republicans intend to support Trump for president, while an “overwhelming majority”—80 percent of polled club members—indicated they would not support the party nominee and 10 percent remained undecided.

“His authoritarian tendencies and flirtations with fascism are unparalleled in the history of our democracy,” the Republican Club said in a statement. “He hopes to divide us by race, by class, and by religion, instilling enough fear and anxiety to propel himself to the White House.”"

rest at http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2016/8/5/republican-club-not-support-trump/

REMINDER: Republicans were trying to steal this election and the courts stopped them

from http://www.eclectablog.com/2016/08/reminder-republicans-were-trying-to-steal-this-election-and-the-courts-stopped-them.html

"The most openly racist GOP nominee ever is spewing the right’s most racist lies to attack voting rights

The last few weeks has seen a series of victories for voting rights like we haven’t seen since 2012 — the last time the GOP tried to sway a presidential election by placing unnecessary burdens on voting.

The Nation’s Ari Berman explains:

In the past 10 days, courts have issued six major decisions against GOP-backed voting restrictions in five different states.

On Friday, an array of new voting restrictions were struck down in North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Kansas. This followed rulings the previous week softening voter ID laws in Texas and Wisconsin and striking down Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting. When you include a court decision in Ohio from May reinstating a week of early voting and same-day registration, anti-voting laws in six states have been blocked so far in 2016.

These victories happened to coincide with Donald Trump’s sudden and pendulous drop in the polls following his poorly received Gathering of the Trumpalos and Democrats’ well received convention.

Facing less than 100 days in the campaign and three debates in which he would be expected to know things that weren’t on Hannity last night, Trump decided his best bet was to pull the rip cord on the race and American democracy itself.

“The whole thing with voter identification I think is really—I mean people are going to walk in, they are going to vote 10 times maybe,” he told Bill O’Reilly.

As with birtherism, the issue that made him a racist conservative hero, Trump didn’t invent the fake crisis of voter fraud."

rest at http://www.eclectablog.com/2016/08/reminder-republicans-were-trying-to-steal-this-election-and-the-courts-stopped-them.html

Comcast Wants To Charge Broadband Users More For Privacy

from http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Comcast-Says-It-Wants-to-Charge-Broadband-Users-More-For-Privacy-137567

"In a new filing with the FCC (pdf), Comcast argues that charging consumers more money to opt out of snoopvertising should be considered a "perfectly acceptable" business practice.

"A bargained-for exchange of information for service is a perfectly acceptable and widely used model throughout the U.S. economy, including the Internet ecosystem, and is consistent with decades of legal precedent and policy goals related to consumer protection and privacy," Comcast said in the filing. The company proceeds to claim that banning such options "would harm consumers by, among other things, depriving them of lower-priced offerings."

In short, Comcast is arguing that protecting your own privacy should be a paid luxury option, and stopping them from doing so would raise broadband rates. But as we’ve noted for years it’s the lack of competition that keeps broadband prices high. It’s also the lack of competition that prevents users upset with broadband privacy practices from switching to another ISP. That’s why the FCC thinks some basic privacy rules of the road might be a good idea."

rest at http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Comcast-Says-It-Wants-to-Charge-Broadband-Users-More-For-Privacy-137567

Would Tom Brady have won in the Supreme Court?

from http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2016/08/would-tom-brady-have-won-in-the-supreme-court/

"But Brady’s lawyers attempted to fit their legal claims within those normal limits of court review of labor conflict. They contended that his case did not follow the rules both sides had accepted. They argued that Commissioner Goodell (although entitled to name himself as arbitrator) had based his punishment on different reasons than those that led Goodell to find a rules violation in the first place. Brady was punished for the under-inflation violation, but based upon a comparison by Goodell of what would have happened to a player who had used illegal steroids.

They also argued that Brady was never given advance notice under the contract that he would face any punishment other than a financial penalty for a rules violation based on equipment-tampering. Drug abuse is what usually leads to suspension, they asserted.

But those arguments failed in the federal appeals, in a 2-to-1 decision that interpreted the players-NFL contract in very broad terms, especially on the commissioner’s powers, both in deciding punishment and in reviewing it as arbitrator.

Although Brady’s lawyers went to considerable lengths in trying to show that the case raised much larger issues, with wide impact on labor law, the decision of the appeals court majority wound up looking very much like this was a one-of-a-kind case, with its own special facts, and in which Brady got just what his union and management had bargained for..

Brady’s only chance in the Supreme Court would have been to make this dispute into a major precedent-setting controversy. Like the difficulty in getting the Justices even to take up the case in the first place, that, too, might have appeared to be a “Hail Mary” strategy."

rest at http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2016/08/would-tom-brady-have-won-in-the-supreme-court/

Pocket Constitution Sales Soar After Trump Feud With Khan Family

from http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/01/us/winner-in-trump-feud-with-khan-family-the-constitution.html

The Constitution appears to be having a moment.

When Khizr Khan, the Harvard-educated lawyer and father of a Muslim soldier killed in Iraq, chastised Donald J. Trump at the Democratic National Convention last week, he made his point with a small, but deeply symbolic prop.

“Let me ask you,” said Mr. Khan, directly addressing the Republican presidential nominee, “have you even read the United States Constitution?”

As the audience erupted in cheers, Mr. Khan pulled a miniature version of the founding document from his coat pocket and shook it in the air. “I will gladly lend you my copy,” he said.

It was a star turn for the Constitution that stirred the hearts of dozens of organizations across the country dedicated to promoting its tenets.

By the weekend, a pocket-size copy of the document published by the National Center for Constitutional Studies, a conservative group, had rocketed up Amazon’s list of best-selling books. On Monday, it was holding strong in the No. 2 position, trailing only “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” (The Times does not track the Constitution for its own best-seller rankings.)

rest at http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/01/us/winner-in-trump-feud-with-khan-family-the-constitution.html