Daniels says that when she heard the news of the indictment, she was out riding her horse, which is named Redemption.
“There’s something really ironic and hilarious that I got the news about the indictment while I was sitting on a horse named Redemption,” she said — adding that she put some of the $130,000 she received in hush money payments toward buying a horse trailer.
She says she is not scared of the idea of facing Trump in court, because she has seen him naked and, “there’s no way he could be scarier with his clothes on.”
But she does feel the gravity of the historic situation, and the potential for danger.
“Whatever the outcome is, it’s going to cause violence, and there’s going to be injuries and death,” Daniels said.
“There’s the potential for a lot of good to come from this. But either way, a lot of bad is going to come from it, too.”
Before the incident with the alligator on Friday, an Amber alert was issued for Taylen.
Spectrum Bay News 9 reports the alligator and the boy were located six miles from the apartment complex where he and his mother lived. Police used dogs and a drone in their search for Mosley, according to NBC News. His cause of death has not been announced.
“I can tell you it was a very violent homicide scene within the apartment,” Holloway said of Jeffery’s death.
Dominion Voting Systems will have its day in court.
The election technologies company that saw its name dragged through the mud after the 2020 presidential election, despite no evidence of any wrongdoing, is asking $1.6 billion from Fox News, which broadcast disinformation about Dominion.
A Delaware judge ruled Friday it was “crystal clear” information broadcast on Fox News following Trump’s electoral loss were false and has sent the case to trial. “The statements at issue were dramatically different than the truth,” Superior Court Judge Eric Davis said.
Trial is expected to begin mid-April unless a last-minute settlement is reached.
Fox News contends it was dutifully reporting on allegations made by representatives for Donald Trump, who was the sitting president.
The judge conceded it isn’t entirely Fox News’ fault that conspiracy theorists believe the election was rigged, but called it “noteworthy” that some Americans remain deluded. A jury will hear Fox News’ defense in a couple weeks and decide if the fabulist cable channel defamed Dominion.
Fox News says it will continue advocating for “a free press” as proceedings against it move forward.
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Dominion said in a statement it was satisfied with the court’s ruling Friday, adding, “We look forward to going to trial.”
Both sides asked Davis to render a verdict on whether Fox News acted with malice, but he ruled a jury should make that decision. Davis also said jurors would decide if damages inflicted by Fox News — which routinely draws larger ratings than cable news stations — rose to the 10-figure sum being sought.
Pre-trial texts and emails indicate Fox News executives, producers and hosts knew the network’s reporting was false, but worried ratings and stock prices would plummet if they upset ”cousin f—ing” viewers wanting to believe Trump won the 2020 presidential election.
Fox News accuses Dominion of cherry-picking quotes that require greater context.
The network also faces a $2.7 billion lawsuit from Smartmatic elections company, which has levelled similar complaints against the media giant.
ALBANY — Lawmakers made for the exits Friday at the state Capitol as Gov. Hochul and legislative leaders prepared to blow past the midnight budget deadline and continue negotiations throughout the weekend.
Members of the Democrat-led Legislature returned to their home districts for the weekend as Hochul dug in her heels on bail and leaders pushed back on the governor’s plan to override local zoning rules if municipalities fail to meet certain housing construction targets.
“I’ve been very clear on what I’m looking for. I’m looking to restore people’s confidence in our system,” the governor said Friday when asked about whether she is willing to waver on her bail plan. “There have been very productive conversations… many meetings as recently as yesterday and regular conversations about how we meet our mutual objectives and protecting public safety.”
The governor claims the clause, which predates 2019 reforms limiting pretrial detention for most nonviolent crimes, has led to confusion among judges after changes included in last year’s budget directed jurists to weigh a host of other factors when considering bail.
On Thursday, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) said bail and housing are “taking up most of the oxygen in the room.”
Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) have both expressed concerns about again amending the controversial statute after agreeing to rollbacks twice over the past two years.
Stewart-Cousins said that she doesn’t expect a “very late” budget and discussions are ongoing on a variety of issues.
“There’s just a lot of big policy issues that the governor had put in her budget that require discussions that we are all happy to have and we are having,” she said.
“Everything is on the table — you’re gonna hear me say that a lot,” Stewart-Cousins added. “That’s why I’m saying we’re in the middle of the middle.”
While Hochul and both leaders said a budget extender — which prolongs the current budget — is likely to be approved in the coming days so that state workers can be paid, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli called on the three sides to reach a deal as expeditiously as possible.
“The governor and Legislature are discussing many important issues as they work to finalize the state budget, but they need to find common ground and resolve them soon,” DiNapoli said.
The state’s fiscal watchdog also pushed back on a proposal from Hochul that would limit oversight by exempting $12.8 billion in spending from review by the comptroller’s office and another $2.6 billion from competitive bidding.
“The final budget should also meet high standards of transparency, and I urge lawmakers to reject the proposed changes, which eliminate competitive bidding requirements and oversight by my office of nearly $13 billion in spending,” DiNapoli said.
Good government groups have backed the comptroller’s call for more transparency and also noted Friday that the Legislature’s one-house budget bills would add millions in new lump sum pots, also known as discretionary funds, that could be spent with little oversight.
Reinvent Albany and the Citizens Budget Commission released a joint report, titled “Lump Sum Warning,” on Friday arguing that such spending can “fuel undemocratic and special interest driven policies since they are allocated in private, outside of the relatively more transparent process of negotiating, publishing and adopting the State budget.”
A desperate search was underway on Friday for a 2-year-old boy whose mother was found dead inside her Florida apartment.
An Amber Alert for Taylen Mosley has been issued, with authorities warning that he “could be in danger,” according to a press release from the St. Petersburg Police Department. The missing toddler was last seen around 5:30 p.m. by family on Wednesday alongside his mother, Pashun Jeffery, outside the Lincoln Shores Apartment building.
A family member grew concerned after they were unable to get in touch with the 20-year-old mom, so they requested apartment staff perform a wellness check. They found Jeffrey dead inside the residence Thursday afternoon, police said.
Taylen was allegedly already missing when they arrived, authorities said.
Holloway called Jeffrey’s death a “very violent homicide” but stopped short of releasing the cause. Police have so far provided few other details in the case.
“Our main concern is we need to find this 2-year-old,” Holloway said.
Taylen was described as a Black male standing 2 feet tall and weighing 30 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
“We have a dog coming in to try to find him,” the chief added. “We’re also going to put a drone up to do a grid search of the back area.”
Taylen’s father, who has not been publicly identified, is a person of interest in his disappearance.
Three men have been arrested in connection with the violent attack on rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine in a south Florida gym earlier this month.
The suspects — Rafael Medina, Jr., 43, Octavious Medina, 23, and Anthony Maldonado, 25 — were taken into custody Thursday night, according to a tweet from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. They were all being held in the Palm Beach County Jail on preliminary charges of robbery and battery.
Tekashi, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was in the sauna area of an LA Fitness when he was jumped and brutally beat by a group of men on March 21. In video of the altercation, the rainbow-haired rapper can be seen lying the ground in the fetal position as he tries to dodge several blows to his face and body.
The violence only ended after staffers at the gym “heard the disturbance and the perpetrators fled,” the rapper’s attorney, Lance Lazzaro, told CNN.
Tekashi was picked up by ambulance after the attack and hospitalized. He suffered injuries to his ribs, jaw and his back. Images later shared with TMZ show the performer’s badly bruised face, which is also covered in cuts and blood.
It’s not clear if the suspects have any connection to the gangs Tekashi flipped on in federal court.
The 26-year-old performer was sentenced in 2019 to two years behind bars on nine charges, including racketeering, drug trafficking and firearm offenses for his involvement with the Nine Trey Bloods gang. He was handed a reduced sentence in exchange for cooperating with federal officials and helping land his associates in prison.
Tekashi was freed from prison in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.