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Former Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw Sentenced To 263 Years For Rapes



Used Badge To Prey On And Intimidate Black Women He Thought No One Would Believe

Daniel Holtzclaw will spend the rest of his life in jail. The former Oklahoma City police officer who was convicted last month of raping and sexually battering more than a dozen women while on duty was just sentenced to 263 years in prison, to be served consecutively – one after another.  An all white jury had convicted Holtzclaw of rape, sexual battery, forcible oral sodomy and other charges. 13 women testified against Holtzclaw, and a jury convicted him of 18 of the 36 charges against him.

Holtzclaw, in a stunning move Thursday morning prior to sentencing, requested a new trial. For three hours attorneys met with the judge to debate the former officer’s claims that the prosecution “made deliberate discovery violations and misrepresentations, undermining confidence in the verdict,” as Oklahoma City’s KOCO reported.

But the judge ultimately denied the request.

“Three of Holtzclaw’s victims delivered tearful victim impact statements during the sentencing hearing including the oldest victim, 58-year-old Jannie Ligons, and the youngest, a 17-year-old unidentified girl,” the New York Daily News reports.

“My daughter and sisters are frightful when a police car pulls up behind them,” Ligons said.

“It’s been hard on my family. It’s been hard on me,” the 17-year-old said. “Every time I see the police, I don’t even know what to do. I don’t ever go outside, and when I do I’m terrified.”

“All three victims said Holtzclaw’s assaults did inconceivable damage to their lives,” Jezebel reports. “Reporter Patricia Santos said Holtzclaw appeared to be ‘trying to catch the eye’ of the victims as they spoke.”

The case is infamous for Holtzclaw’s deliberate and calculating manner in which he chose his victims. All are Black, and most had previous arrest records and thought the police would not believe them if they filed charges. Holtzclaw went so far as to run background checks on his victims before raping them.

“I didn’t think anyone would believe me. I’m a black female,” one of his victims said during the trial.


Image: Screenshot via Leslie Rangel/Twitter
Hat tip: Jezebel

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Watch: Schumer Compares McConnell to Southern Segregationists for Blocking Voting Rights



On Tuesday, following Senate Republicans’ lockstep vote to block debate on voting rights, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gave a thunderous speech comparing Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to the southern segregationists who fought the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

“Republican state legislatures across the country are engaged in the most sweeping voter suppression in 80 years,” said Schumer. “Capitalizing on and catalogued by Donald Trump’s big lie. These state governments are making it harder for younger, poorer, urban and non-white Americans to vote. Earlier today, the Republican leader told reporters that, quote, ‘Regardless of what may be happening in some states, there is no rationale for federal intervention.’ The Republican leader flatly stated that no matter what the states do to undermine our democracy — voter suppression laws, phony audits, partisan takeovers of local election boards — the Senate should not act.”

“The Republican leader uses the language and the logic of the southern senators in the ’60s who defended states rights, and it is an indefensible position for any senator, any senator, let alone the minority leader to hold,” said Schumer. “When John Lewis was about to cross that bridge in Selma, he didn’t know what waited for him on the other side. He didn’t know how long his march would be. And his ultimate success was never guaranteed. But he started down that bridge anyway. Today Democrats started our march to defend the voting rights of all Americans. It could be a long march, but it is one we are going to make.”

Watch below:



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Pelosi Will Create Select Committee to Investigate January 6 Insurrection After GOP Kills Bill for Bipartisan Group



Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has just told Democrats she will create a special Select committee to investigate Donald Trump’s violent January 6 insurrection, a deadly attempted coup.

The House voted to approve a bipartisan committee but Senate Republicans killed that bill.

Pelosi made the announcement as Senate Republicans killed debate on the voting rights bill.


This is a breaking news and developing story.

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Republicans Tuesday evening killed debate on the For the People Act, a key component of Democrats’ agenda to protect democracy, expand and strengthen voting rights, and reduce the influence of dark money in elections. As Senators were voting on the motion to begin debate on the bill, news broke that the GOP Whip, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota had announced another critical piece of Democratic legislation, the infrastructure bill, was even further in doubt.

GOP Senators appeared to be orchestrating a complete and total shutdown of key legislation critical to President Joe Biden’s progressive agenda.

Democratic Majority Leader Schumer immediately denounced Republicans’ “blockade.”

Sen. Thune also said Republicans would oppose a slimmed down version of a voting rights bill:

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The only option to pass the bill now would be for a simple majority of Senators agree to kill the 60-vote filibuster. Some are supporting a modification to 55 votes. Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona had steadfastly refused to support killing the filibuster.

“This is a dark day in this country,” Al Sharpton said on MSNBC.

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Voting rights expert Ari Berman weighed in, chastising the GOP:


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