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THE FILES OF LAW & DISORDER
File #1: Man Arrested in SUV Near Supreme Court
No weapons are found, but driver reportedly told police it was too late to talk. A man was arrested Tuesday morning after parking an SUV illegally in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC, Capitol Police said. He declined to speak to officers sent to his vehicle beyond telling them something along the lines of "the time for talking is done," said Jason Bell, deputy chief of the Capitol Police. Crisis negotiation officers were then dispatched, Reuters reports, but got nowhere. Police then used a flash bang to try to drive the man from the SUV. Officers eventually arrested him. He was identified as Dale Paul Melvin, 55, of Kimball, Michigan, per CBS. No weapons were found.(Newser)
File #2: Judge Argues Claim That Rioters Are Treated Unfairly Seeking racial justice and trying to overthrow the government aren't equivalent, judge tells court. A Texas man who joined the mob that stormed the US Capitol on Jan 6 was sentenced to 45 days behind bars even though prosecutors weren't seeking jail time, after the judge blasted comparisons between the riot that day and the Black Lives Matter protests over racial injustice. US District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, called it a false equivalence "to compare the actions of people protesting, mostly peacefully, for civil rights" to the mob that "was trying to overthrow the government," the AP reports. She said doing so "ignores the very real danger that the Jan. 6 riots pose to the foundation of our democracy." (Newser)
File 3: Truck Drivers Unloading Fuel Find Missing Man's Body in Gas Tanker Two men were charged on Tuesday in connection with the death of an Illinois man who was found dead in a gas tanker. KPLR reported that Billy Roof III, 33, and Ryan Murrow, 37, are charged with unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and unlawful concealment of a death, while Roof was also charged with unlawful use of account numbers. Authorities have not revealed how exactly their arrests are related to the death of Garrett Meyer, 29, whose body was found in a gas tanker. KPLR reported that two men were offloading fuel from a truck at the station when they opened an entry point into the tanker and made the grisly discovery. (KPLR)
File #4: Marine jailed for viral video criticizing Afghanistan withdrawal A Marine lieutenant colonel who was jailed last month after posting a viral video criticizing the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan was released from the brig. Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller was released from confinement "as a result of a mutual agreement" between his legal team and officials, Cpt. Sam Stephenson, a Training and Education Command representative, said in a statement. No additional details about the agreement would be immediately released, (UPI)
File #5: Justice Department reviewing decision not to charge FBI The Justice Department on Tuesday said it was reviewing a decision not to charge FBI agents who failed to properly investigate allegations of sexual abuse against former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco told the Senate judiciary committee the agency received new information concerning two former FBI agents who were accused of mishandling allegations against Nassar that were reported to the FBI in 2015 and 2016. Monaco did not say what the new information was but said the review was being conducted with "a sense of urgency and gravity." (UPI)
Strange Law Montana law states that it is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.
Book discussion group to meet The next book up for discussion by the Cochise College Literary Guild is “Spirit Walk,” written by Cochise College instructor Jay Treiber. The discussion is Nov. 21, 11 a.m. – noon, in the Horace Steele Room in the Sierra Vista Campus Library Building. The Literary Guild club for readers and lovers of books is open to all students and community members. For more information, call 520.515.5499 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Fall Book Discussion and Movie Series—Heartburn by Nora Ephron Wednesday, November 19 Book Discussion • 10:30 a.m. Movie • 1:00 p.m. Sierra Vista Public Library Join us for a lively and stimulating discussion about “Choices and Changes,” this season’s book and movie series theme exploring women’s rights. The series concludes with Nora Ephron’s modern tale Heartburn, the semi-autobiographical novel based on her tempestuous marriage to Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Carl Bernstein, best known for breaking the Watergate scandal. Interested in joining the discussion? Call Susan Abend at 458-4225 to register or if you would like more information.