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ALISON PETERS ON JUL 31, 2015 AT 11:24 AM EST
Friday, July 31, 2015
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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Rick Perry is sounding a lot like Elizabeth Warren, and Wall Street's not even going to hate him for it
Perry’s real money problem
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
by TOM WINTER and TRACY CONNOR
by TOM WINTER and TRACY CONNOR
Prison seamstress Joyce Mitchell, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping two inmates escape, told investigators that she performed sexual acts on one of the men and sent X-rated selfies to the other and knew the duo planned to kill her husband, police documents show.
Mitchell, 51, told investigators that inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat nicknamed her husband, Lyle, "the glitch" and gave her small round pills to drug him with, according to statements obtained by NBC News that give dramatic new details of the breakout plot.
"I believe I helped Inmate Matt and Inmate Sweat escape because I was caught up in the fantasy," Mitchell said in one statement. "I enjoyed the attention, the feeling both of them gave me and the thought of a different life."
Mitchell, 51, has pleaded guilty to bringing contraband into the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, a felony, and to criminal facilitation, a misdemeanor, in a deal that spares her from more serious charges. She could get up to seven years when she is sentenced next month.
After three weeks on the run near the Canadian border, Matt was shot and killed by a tactical team of law enforcement officers in Malone on June 26, while Sweat was shot and captured in nearby Constable on June 28.
The three statements that Mitchell gave investigators while Matt and Sweat were still on the lam — obtained under a freedom of information request — describe how she fell under the sway of two convicted murderers serving life without parole.
They also provide a blow-by-blow of how the escape plan unfolded and how it went awry when Mitchell failed to show up for a midnight rendezvous with a sawed-off shotgun, a hatchet and a GPS for a seven-hour drive to a hideaway in the woods.
Mitchell said both men were "nice" and made her feel special. She began doing favors for Matt, starting with a call to his daughter, and he promised to paint a picture of her three kids so she could give it to her husband for their anniversary.
In April, she and Matt were alone in the tailor shop where she was an instructor when he grabbed her and her kissed her, she said.
"It startled me. He kissed me with an open mouth kiss. I didn't say anything because I was scared for my husband, who also works for the facility."
In May, she said, Matt asked her to perform oral sex and she did, out of fear, she said. On other occasions, Matt would come to her desk wearing a big coat in which he had cut a hole so that Mitchell could touch his genitals.
"This happened two or three times," she said. "The only other physical contact I had with Inmate Matt was when he kissed me at the bottom of the first set of stairs. He never touched any of my private areas."
In another statement, Mitchell said she passed notes to Matt, who was assigned to the tailor shop, to give to Sweat, who was re-assigned after a rumor that he was romantically involved with the seamstress.
"Some of those notes were of a sexual nature but I never had any sexual contact with Inmate Sweat, only Inmate Matt. I did take some naked photos of my breasts and vagina and gave them to Inmate Matt to give to Inmate Sweat. I do not know what they did with the photos."
Mitchell described how Matt had her bring certain items to him: padded gloves, glasses with lights on them, a screwdriver-type bit and, in early May, hacksaw blades.
Matt eventually confided that he and Sweat were cutting holes in their cells and going behind the walls, she said. He said they had found a box of power tools they were using to slice into the underground pipe system.
"Matt told me they were getting out and we were all going to be together," Mitchell said.
The plan, she said, was that on the day of the escape, she would give her husband two pills that Matt had somehow gotten his hands on.
"These two pills were intended to knock Lyle out so I could leave the house," she said. "After Lyle was asleep, I was supposed to drive to Dannemora and meet them by the powerhouse.
"The agreed upon meeting time was midnight. I was to drive my Jeep and bring my cellphone, gps, clothes, a gun, tents, sleeping bags, hatchet, fishing poles and money from a package I never picked up," she added.
"After I picked them up, the plan was to drive to my home and Inmate Matt was going to kill 'the glitch.' Inmate Matt referred to Lyle as 'the glitch.'"
But Mitchell never showed up to the rendezvous.
"I know I had agreed to help them escape and run away with them, but I panicked and couldn't follow through with the rest of the plan," she explained. "I really do love my husband and he's the reason."
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Saturday, July 25, 2015
from Chicago Tribune
Drug use should be treated as an illness and not a crime
Clarence Page’s Sunday column, “Let’s kick the ‘new Jim Crow’ out the door,” only addresses part of the problem. Putting people in prison for drug offenses is a senseless means of controlling the consumption of drugs. Nothing that we have done has affected the increasing use of drugs. It is time to try a new strategy.
Legalize the drugs and treat them the way we treat cigarettes and alcohol. Prohibition did not work, and we are still suffering from the aftermath of that experiment. It was the foundation of ongoing organized crime.
Legalizing the drugs and selling them the way we sell cigarettes and/or alcohol would discourage people from becoming drug dealers. People would no longer find attracting people to become addicts a profitable business.
Drugs like cocaine and heroin are produced in foreign countries and yield high income to the distributors. This industry is a major source of revenue for many of the terrorist groups. Legalizing the drugs would reduce the income provided to the terrorist groups. This would reduce some of the ongoing mayhem in the world.
We spend a phenomenal amount of money interdicting the flow of drugs to this country and imprisoning drug dealers and drug users, but we have not been successful. If we made the use of narcotics and similar drugs legal and spent this money on marketing to the public that drugs are harmful, I think you would see a much lower rate of consumption and a lower rate of incarceration.
It seems to be working for cigarettes.
Drug use should be treated as an illness and not a crime.
— Jerrold P. Katz, ChicagoCopyright © 2015, Chicago Tribune
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Thursday, July 23, 2015
Jul 23, 2015, 9:55 PM ET
By TOM LIDDY
Three people are dead, including the gunman, in a shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana Thursday night, police said.
There were also seven people injured at the Grand 16 Theater on Johnston Street.
Conditions of those injured range from non-life-threatening to critical, Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said at a news conference.
Paul Kieu/The Daily Advertiser/Associated Press
The shooting broke out around 7:30 p.m. in one of the movie theater's auditoriums, Lafayette PD told ABC News. According to the Associated Press, the movie "Trainwreck" was playing at the time.
"We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker," witness Katie Domingue told the Daily Advertiser, according to the AP. She said a man shot down into the theater. "He wasn't saying anything. I didn't hear anybody screaming either," Domingue said, according to the AP.
Craft said the shooting was contained to one theater.
The identity of the shooter is known but is not being released, Craft said. The shooter was described as a man in his 50s, Craft said.
Treylan Arceneaux via AP
Gov. Bobby Jindal, who arrived in Lafayette tonight, called the shooting a seemingly random act of violence at a news conference.
Jindal said via Twitter:
Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy also tweeted, expressing his condolences for those shot:
The FBI said in a statement: "The FBI New Orleans Division is aware of a shooting incident that occurred at a Lafayette area movie theater in which FBI Agents, along with state and local law enforcement have responded. Presently a joint law enforcement coordination is under way and further details will be shared once the information becomes available."
The theater and its parent company, the Southern Theaters, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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