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Archive for May 5th, 2021

Retired Border Patrol Agent Accused of Being Serial Rapist

Former Border Patrol Agent John Daly III

By Steve Neavling

A retired Border Patrol agent is accused of being a serial rapist who attacked women in Arizona between 1999 and 2001. 

John Daly III, 57, was arrested Tuesday, The Arizona Republic reports.

Daly is suspected of attacking at least eight women in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Bisbee. 

Mesa police are calling him the “East Valley Rapist.”

Police credited the break in the case with funding from the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, a program from the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. 

Police said Daly lived close to where the sexual assaults occurred and that DNA linked him to two of the rapes. 

Daly was charged in connection with three of the eight cases. The others remain under investigation. 

Judge Accuses Barr of Misleading Public about Special Counsel Investigation of Trump

Attorney General William Barr, via Justice Department.

By Steve Neavling

A federal judge accused former Attorney General William Barr of deceiving the court and Congress public about a Justice Department memo clearing former President Trump of potential charges following the special counsel investigation.

In a blistering decision, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered the release of the memo to a government transparency group that had requested it under the Freedom of Information Act, The New York Times reports

The Justice Department had argued that the memo was exempt from FOIA because it consisted of private legal advice that helped Barr decide whether Trump should be prosecuted.

But Jackson, who reviewed the unreacted memo, said that Barr and his aides had already decided Trump would not be prosecuted before Barr even reviewed the written advice. 

“The fact that he would not be prosecuted was a given,” Jackson wrote of Trump.

Jackson also accused Barr of misleading the public about the 448-page special counsel report. 

“The attorney general’s characterization of what he’d hardly had time to skim, much less study closely, prompted an immediate reaction, as politicians and pundits took to their microphones and Twitter feeds to decry what they feared was an attempt to hide the ball,” Jackson wrote.