News Unplugged- Friday, January 22

News Unplugged- Friday, January 22

FORMER OKLAHOMA POLICE OFFICER SENTENCED TO 263 YEARS IN PRISON

Former police officer, Daniel Holtzclaw has been convicted of sexually assaulting several women while on call in low income Oklahoma communities. Holtzclaw was ordered to spend life in prison after a court order on Thursday.

Jurors have made the recommendation that the former officer be sentenced to a total of 263 years in prison for allegedly targeting African American women while on patrol.

Holtzclaw was convicted last month on 18 counts and acquitted for 18 other charged. Some of the charges include four first-degree rape counts as well as forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery, procuring lewd exhibition and second-degree rape.

13 women came forward to testify during the month long trial. Multiple women have stated that Holtzclaw stopped them, conducted background checks on them and later forced himself onto them.


 

MANY MOURN DURING PUBLIC VISITATIONS FOR RENE ANGELIL

On Thursday, an open casket at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montreal was held for the late René Angelil. Wife, Celine Dion, stood by his side accepting the warm and sincere condolences from many of her fans.

The Notre-Dame Basilica was the same church Dion married her late husband in 1994.

Visitations were open to the public and notable figures. Fans of Dion lined up along the outside waiting to pay their respects.

Visitations ran from 2pm to 9:30pm.

Angelic died of throat cancer last week Thursday at the age of 73. His funeral will take place this afternoon.


 

PUTIN ‘PROBABLY APPROVED’ ASSASSINATION OF FORMER RUSSIAN SPY

A detailed inquiry has concluded that President Vladimir Putin ‘probably’ approved the assassination of former Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko.

A retired High Court conducted the inquiry and has stated that he was ‘sure’ that two Russian agents poisoned 44 year old Litvinenko at a London hotel in 2006. It is alleged that the Russian agents poisoned Litvinenko with highly radioactive polonium-210.

Alexander Litvinenko was a former Russian security agent.


 

TWITTER WAR TURNS INTO FIRST COURT CASE OF TWITTER HARASSMENT

A verdict is set to be reached in Canada’s first ever case of twitter harassment. A man by the name of Gregory Alan Elliott is facing two charges after his interaction with two Toronto women’s rights activists over the social media sight.

The two women, Stephanie Guthrie and Heather Reilly, have declared that they ultimately feared for their safety. They stated that Elliott kept tabs on them and there whereabouts through social media even after they blocked his account.

Elliott’s lawyer Chris Murphy, characterized the dispute as an “ugly twitter debate” which escalated over a few months back in 2012.

The Criminal Code of Conduct prohibits the harassment of another person, whether knowingly or carelessly in a way that may cause the other to fear for their safety.

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