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Chris Darden No Longer Representing Eric Holder Following Death Threats

Chris Darden is no longer representing Eric Holder, the man accused of murdering Nipsey Hussle. The former prosecutor-turned-defense attorney filed a motion to formally withdraw from the case due in part to receiving death threats, he revealed in a lengthy Facebook post Friday (May 10).

“As a lawyer it is my duty to protect the rights of my clients even in the face of threats or angry mobs,” Darden wrote. “This is the silent solemn oath we took as defense counsel. This is the legacy made for me and all of us who practice as defense counsel in the criminal courts. But allow me to say this: after centuries of a history of black men hung from trees without trial, or after the thousands of cases of black men tried, convicted and executed without counsel..I cannot understand why in 2019 some people would deny a black man his 6th Amendment right to counsel of his choice. Or why defending such a man should invite threats not only against me but against my children too.”

“The right to counsel is is not only a constitutional right, it is a civil right as well,” he continued before referencing the O.J. Simpson murder trial which he prosecuted alongside Marsha Clock. “Just as they were in 1995-Cowards never change. These days these cowards don’t send letters instead they sit anonymously behind keyboards threatening a man’s mother and children. And some folks think that’s funny. It isn’t and I won’t ever forget it. To those who issued those threats to my children please pay close attention so there is no misunderstanding. Later. F**K YOU! As for me, I continue to thrive. I continue to be loved. I continue to walk with kings. And I will continue my pursuit of fairness and justice on behalf of my clients and others charged with crimes.”

In closing, Darden said that his “ mission” won’t be deterred by the “lies and threats.”

Holder, 29, pleaded not guilty to murder charges. He is currently
jailed on $5 million bail.

Read Darden’s Facebook announcement below.

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Former Las Vegas Fire Captain Gets Probation For Having Sex With 15-Year-Old Girl

A former Las Vegas fire chief was sentenced to five years probation for paying a 15-year-old girl to have sex with him at a fire station. On Monday (June 24), Richard Loughry was ordered to register as a sex offender, but a judge decided that he didn’t deserve jail time due to his “spotless record,” according to the New York Post.

Loughry, 48, met the teen on Craig’s List in 2017. Her age was reportedly listed as 22 years old. After coaxing the girl into coming to the fire station the two had sex in a room labeled “captain’s dorm.”

In March, Loughry reached a deal in the case to plead no contest to statutory sexual seduction and soliciting prostitution, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

Loughry, who worked as a firefighter for nearly 20 years, called having sex with the teen the “most stupid, devastating decision,” and reportedly whined about how the incident ruined his career. Loughry resigned as fire captain after being arrested in 2017, during a child sex trafficking investigation.

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Serena Williams Graces The Cover Of Her First Wheaties Box

On Tuesday (June 25), General Mills made the announcement that four-time Olympic Gold medalist, Serena Williams, would be the next dynamic athlete on the notable cereal box. Williams posted on her Instagram that same day, overjoyed with the news.

"Althea Gibson was the FIRST Black Woman tennis player to be on the box. Today, I am honored to be the second," she captioned. This honor makes her the fourth female tennis player and the first active tennis player since 2000 to be featured on Wheaties, as reported by ABC News.

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In 2001, Wheaties paid homage to a true champion and an icon by putting her on the cover of a Wheaties Box. Althea Gibson was the FIRST Black Woman tennis player to be on the box. Today, I am honored to be the second.

A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on Jun 25, 2019 at 6:00am PDT

"I have dreamt of this since I was a young woman and it's an honor to join the ranks of some of America's most decorated athletes," Williams said in a statement. "I hope my image on this iconic orange box will inspire the next generation of girls and athletes to dream big."

The recognition will be added to her immeasurable list of accolades which include 23 Grand Slam single titles and 14 double titles, as well as being named the Women's Tennis Association 'Player of the Year' seven times. Athletics is not her only accomplishment, as she also launched her own clothing line in summer 2018.

As many fans on social media have voiced, the professional's new praise is long overdue.

 

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White Man Blames Autism For Harassing Black Women Who Were Minding Their Business

A known troll on the web has taken his abilities to the next level as he reportedly harassed two young black women for drinking wine at a community pool.

The incident between Nick Starr-Street and Gaëlle Claude and her friend happened Sunday (June 23) in Hyattsville, MD when Starr-Street approached the women for drinking wine at a community pool at The Edition Apartments. Claude, who posted footage of the interaction on social media said they were taking photos and drinking when Starr-Street approached them. He told the women they were breaking the rules and continued to record them. One of the women is seen pushing his phone out of her face.

After the women tried to leave the area, Starr-Street called 911 and followed them for nearly a mile. "This white man literally stalked us from his apartment for damn near a mile just cause we were at the pool drinking wine and taking pictures," Claude said in her tweet about the incident. "Called the police and all...I cannot make this up smh."

This white man literally stalked us from his apartment for damn near a mile just cause we were at the pool drinking wine and taking pictures. Called the police and all...I cannot make this up smh pic.twitter.com/96tGTSykUZ

— sodium. (@BestFlaws) June 23, 2019

Claude goes on to say that she and her friend tried asking for help after Starr-Street began following them and calling them racists. "The whole time we were walking no one was trying to help us. Not one soul," she tweeted. "We were walking and telling people on the street the man was stalking/harassing and no one cared so yes we did ask for help and called security."

Starr-Street took to Facebook and claimed one of the women attacked him when she knocked the phone out of his hand and left him with a purple bruise on his chest. He also posted a 16-second video of the incident, though Claude's footage is much longer.

In addition to his claims, Starr-Street blamed his reported harassment on his alleged autism. "I’m autistic and lack a gauge that goes anywhere but 0 and 100," he posted. "When I see a lease violation, I call it out and do everything in my power to make sure it is resolved, no matter who is the person violating. 

My husband called 911 and they fled. I called 911 and chased after my attackers as I wasn’t going to let someone get away with physically assaulting me, again the autism thing where my sense of justice and right and wrong go right to 100%."

But there appears to be a trend in Starr-Street's behavior. The day before the incident with Claude and her friend, Starr-Street called the police on seven black women for playing music at the pool. The women also had a glass bottle at the pool but removed it after they were told by Starr-Street that it was a violation of their lease. Felecia Soso shared the incident on Twitter and said after the police were called, they showed their videos of Starr-Street's behavior and decided to leave the pool.

We are told to turn our music down so we do so.. and now it’s like barely playing we have food and drinks and are chilling talking (not loudly) and enjoying ourselves..

— Lil Fort Wash Posh (@SuggSavage) June 22, 2019

The Hyattsville Police Department posted a statement on their Facebook page but did not arrest anyone in either incident.

Since the incident, Starr-Street claims he has been called a racist for his behavior. "That’s where we are today. We will seek as much justice as possible, but our apartment has been vandalized, the apartment complex has been vandalized and we’ve been called the worst horrific things imaginable," he said. "So many death threats. All of which are far worse than anything falsely alleged by these women."

Starr-Street has a history of spewing hate speech towards Jewish people and the LGBTQIA+ community. In 2016, he reportedly made an insensitive comment towards Roxxxy Andrews just days after the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub. The tweet read, "Seriously @RoxxxyAndrews? Isn't she a has-been not a star? Where her people at? I thought they were all shot."

Celebrities like Kathy Griffin have defended the women as well as many others who have questioned Starr-Street's actions. Claude is currently seeking legal counsel against Starr-Street.

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