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Judge Who Refused to Marry Same-Sex Couples Gets Years-Long Suspension – His List of Offenses Is Astonishing

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Judge Vance Day, who refused to marry same-sex couples, has been suspended by the Oregon State Supreme Court. His refusal to marry the couples is just one small part of a list of charges against the state court judge. 

In 2016 a state judicial fitness panel found Judge Day “unfit,” ruling that not only had he refused to marry the couples, he told his staff to lie about why he wouldn’t. Day had cited his religious beliefs as his reason, and said in 2016 “there are plenty of judges” available to do his job.

The State Supreme Court ruling issued Thursday finds Day committed “willful misconduct,” and made “willful misstatements” to investigators to cover up his refusal to perform marriages, The Oregonian reports.

The Court also found Day was guilty of “exceptionally serious misconduct” for falsely claiming he was unaware that a man he supervised was a felon. Day on two occasions allowed the man to handle a gun, which he had been barred from doing.

“We conclude that a lengthy suspension is required, to preserve public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary,” the court ruled, adding that the has a pattern of making “false statements” and therefore “is not trustworthy.”

In early 2016 the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability recommended Day be removed from the bench, citing a lengthy list of charges.

“Day refused to marry same-sex couples,” The Oregonian reports the commission found. He “included a portrait of Adolf Hitler as part of a ‘Hall of Heroes’ artwork display he erected in the Marion County Courthouse; Day shoved his judicial business card at his son’s soccer referee in an attempt to intimidate the referee into backing off; and Day wrongfully allowed a felon to handle a firearm.”

The State Supreme Court has suspended Day for three years without pay. It reportedly is the longest suspension of a sitting judge in the state’s history. Day made $124,468 per year.

Hat tip: Raw Story
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Trump Administration Orders Military Police to Prepare to Deploy to Minneapolis

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Concern is quickly growing on news the Trump administration has ordered U.S. Military Police to prepare to deploy to Minneapolis after four nights of protests. Federal law, specifically the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, makes it illegal in many cases to use the U.S. Military within the borders of the United States, especially for law enforcement.

Early Saturday morning the Associated Press reported “the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests.”

Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours.

President Donald Trump in a 1 AM Friday morning tweet threatened to call up the National Guard and shoot “thugs” in Minneapolis if state and local officials did “bring the City under control.”

Trump also tweeted, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

The President promised he would “assume control” and “get the job done right.”

Trump hours earlier, according to the AP, had “asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city.”

National security attorney Bradley Moss weighed in:

Online many are referring to the Posse Comitatus Act to support their belief Trump’s actions might be illegal.

Former Bush chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter, now a law professor, fired off such a warning on Friday before the AP’s report:

The Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe apparently disagrees:

ABC News adds: “Under the post-Civil War law known as Posse Comitatus, the U.S. active duty military is forbidden from carrying out law enforcement duties. That ban can only be waived if a President declares a national emergency.”

 

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Watch: Protester Scales DC Federal Government Building to Spray-Paint Profane Anti-Trump Message

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On Friday, protests around the country continued against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As CNN covered shots of protests in Washington, D.C., one demonstrator could clearly be seen scaling a Secret Service building, before taking out a can of spray paint and writing “F**K TRUMP” on the edifice.

Watch below:

 

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One of Four Fired Police Officers Taken Into Custody in Killing of George Floyd

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Derek Chauvin, one of the four now-fired police officers involved in the killing of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man, George Floyd, has been taken into police custody, according to multiple reports.

It is unclear if he has been arrested and charged, and if so with what violations.

It’s unclear why the other three officers involved were not taken into custody as well.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

 

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