Connect with us


Judge Reinstates Third-Degree Murder Charge Against Derek Chauvin in George Floyd Case



  • Judge Peter Cahill reinstated a third-degree murder charge Thursday against Derek Chauvin, the former police officers on trial for his role in the death of George Floyd.
  • Cahill initially rejected the charge in October, but the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled last week that he must reconsider it.
  • Chauvin’s defense lawyer asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to review the appeals court decision. The request was rejected Wednesday, prompting Cahill to restore the charge.
  • If convicted on the added charge, Chauvin could serve up to 25 years in prison. He was already facing two other charges of second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter, which carry maximum sentences of 40 years and 10 years respectively.

Charge Against Chauvin Reinstated 

The judge overseeing the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former officer who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck, officially reinstated a third charge against him for third-degree murder on Thursday.

Prosecutors had initially filed the charge against Chauvin along with two other counts of second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter. However, Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill dismissed the third charge in October, arguing at the time that it required proof Chauvin was “eminently dangerous to others,” not just to Floyd.

Last week, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ordered Cahill to reconsider the charge, citing precedent from a recent ruling they made in a case involving another former Minneapolis police officer, Mohamed Noor.

Noor had been convicted of third-degree murder and manslaughter for fatally shooting a woman who approached his squad car after she had called 911 about a possible sexual assault behind her home in 2017.

The court of appeals rejected Noor’s attempt to have that conviction thrown out last month, thus establishing the precedent that third-degree murder charges can apply to acts directed at a single person.

Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Review Request

Chauvin’s lawyer asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to review the appeals court decision, which denied that request on Wednesday.

The defense continued to argue in court Thursday morning that Chauvin’s case was fundamentally different than Noor’s, but Cahill said that he was now bound by the ruling.

“The court of appeals has said in a precidential opinion specifying the single person rule applies to third-degree murder,” he said. “I feel it would be an abuse of discretion not to grant the motion.”

Notably, Cahill did tell Chauvin’s attorney that he has the right to ask for more time to prepare a defense, but the lawyer said he was ready to move forward with jury selection. As of Thursday morning, six members of the jury had been selected so far for the trial, which will have a panel of 12 jurors and up to four alternates.

Currently, everything appears to be on pace for opening arguments to begin on March 29 as scheduled. 

Now, jurors will have another option for conviction, which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. That is on top of the second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter charges, which are punishable by up to 40 years and 10 years respectively.

See what others are saying: (The Washington Post) (NPR) (The Minneapolis Star Tribune)


White Supremacist Propaganda Reached Record High in 2022, ADL Finds



 “We cannot sit idly by as these extremists pollute our communities with their hateful trash,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said.

White supremacist propaganda in the U.S. reached record levels in 2022, according to a report published Wednesday by the Anti-Defamation League’s Center of Extremism.

The ADL found over 6,700 cases of white supremacist propaganda in 2022, which marks a 38% jump from the nearly 4,900 cases the group found in 2021. It also represents the highest number of incidents ever recorded by the ADL. 

The propaganda tallied by the anti-hate organization includes the distribution of racist, antisemitic, and homophobic flyers, banners, graffiti, and more. This propaganda has spread substantially since 2018, when the ADL found just over 1,200 incidents. 

“There’s no question that white supremacists and antisemites are trying to terrorize and harass Americans with their propaganda,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement. “We cannot sit idly by as these extremists pollute our communities with their hateful trash.” 

The report found that there were at least 50 white supremacist groups behind the spread of propaganda in 2022, but 93% of it came from just three groups. One of those groups was also responsible for 43% of the white supremacist events that took place last year. 

White supremacist events saw a startling uptick of their own, with the ADL documenting at least 167, a 55% jump from 2021. 

Propaganda was found in every U.S. state except for Hawaii, and events were documented in 33 states, most heavily in Massachusetts, California, Ohio, and Florida.

“The sheer volume of white supremacist propaganda distributions we are documenting around the country is alarming and dangerous,” Oren Segal, Vice President of the ADL’s Center on Extremism said in a statement. “Hardly a day goes by without communities being targeted by these coordinated, hateful actions, which are designed to sow anxiety and create fear.”

“We need a whole-of-society approach to combat this activity, including elected officials, community leaders, and people of good faith coming together and condemning this activity forcefully,” Segal continued. 

See what others are saying: (Axios) (The Hill) (The New York Times)

Continue Reading


Adidas Financial Woes Continue, Company on Track for First Annual Loss in Decades



Adidas has labeled 2023 a “transition year” for the company. 

Yeezy Surplus 

Adidas’ split with musician Kanye West has left the company with financial problems due to surplus Yeezy products, putting the sportswear giant in the position to potentially suffer its first annual loss in over 30 years. 

Adidas dropped West last year after he made a series of antisemitic remarks on social media and other broadcasts. His Yeezy line was a staple for Adidas, and the surplus product is due, in part, to the brand’s own decision to continue production during the split.

According to CEO Bjorn Gulden, Adidas continued production of only the items already in the pipeline to prevent thousands of people from losing their jobs. However, that has led to the unfortunate overabundance of Yeezy sneakers and clothes. 

On Wednesday, Gulden said that selling the shoes and donating the proceeds makes more sense than giving them away due to the Yeezy resale market — which has reportedly shot up 30% since October.

“If we sell it, I promise that the people who have been hurt by this will also get something good out of this,” Gulden said in a statement to the press. 

However, Gulden also said that West is entitled to a portion of the proceeds of the sale of Yeezys per his royalty agreement.

The Numbers 

Adidas announced in February that, following its divergence from West, it is facing potential sales losses totaling around $1.2 billion and profit losses of around $500 million. 

If it decides to not sell any more Yeezy products, Adidas is facing a projected annual loss of over $700 million.

Outside of West, Adidas has taken several heavy profit blows recently. Its operating profit reportedly fell by 66% last year, a total of more than $700 million. It also pulled out of Russia after the country’s invasion of Ukraine last year, which cost Adidas nearly $60 million dollars. Additionally, China’s “Zero Covid” lockdowns last year caused in part a 36% drop in revenue for Adidas compared to years prior.

As a step towards a solution, Gulden announced that the company is slashing its dividends from 3.30 euros to 0.70 euro cents per share pending shareholder approval. 

Adidas has labeled 2023 a “transition year” for the company. 

“Adidas has all the ingredients to be successful. But we need to put our focus back on our core: product, consumers, retail partners, and athletes,” Gulden said. “I am convinced that over time we will make Adidas shine again. But we need some time.”

See what others are saying: (The Washington Post) (The New York Times) (CNN)

Continue Reading


Immigration Could Be A Solution to Nursing Home Labor Shortages



98% of nursing homes in the United States are experiencing difficulty hiring staff. 

The Labor Crisis 

A recent National Bureau of Economic Research paper has offered up a solution to the nursing home labor shortage: immigration. 

According to a 2022 American Health Care Association survey, six in ten nursing homes are limiting new patients due to staffing issues. The survey also says that 87% of nursing homes have staffing shortages and 98% are experiencing difficulty hiring. 

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) outlined in their paper that increased immigration could help solve the labor shortage in nursing homes. Immigrants make up 19% of nursing home workers.

With every 10% increase in female immigration, nursing assistant hours go up by 0.7% and registered nursing hours go up by 1.1% And with that same immigration increase, short-term hospitalizations of nursing home residents go down by 0.6%.

The Solution 

Additionally, the State Department issued 145% more EB-3 documents, which are employment-based visas, for healthcare workers in the 2022 fiscal year than in 2019, suggesting that more people are coming to the U.S. to work in health care. 

However, according to Skilled Nursing News, in August of 2022, the approval process from beginning to end for an RN can take between seven to nine months. 

Displeasure about immigration has exploded since Pres. Joe Biden took office in 2021. According to a Gallup study published in February, around 40% of American adults want to see immigration decrease. That is a steep jump from 19% in 2021, and it is the highest the figure has been since 2016.

However, more than half of Democrats still are satisfied with immigration and want to see it increased. But with a divided Congress, the likelihood of any substantial immigration change happening is pretty slim. 

See what others are saying: (Axios) (KHN) (Skilled Nursing News)

Continue Reading