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Rapper 6IX9INE Could Be Going To Jail For Three Years

American rapper 6IX9INE could be facing three years in jail, according to reports. The 22-year-old, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, allegedly shared a sex video of a 13-year-old in October 2015. He pleaded guilty to Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance. The rapper was on probation, where he was ordered to not commit another

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American rapper 6IX9INE could be facing three years in jail, according to reports.

The 22-year-old, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, allegedly shared a sex video of a 13-year-old in October 2015. He pleaded guilty to Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance.

The rapper was on probation, where he was ordered to not commit another crime for two years. He broke the terms by getting arrested twice.

In January, 6IX9INE was due to appear in court for a case in which he is accused of choking a 16-year-old in Houston’s Galleria Mall. He did not turn up to the hearing.

Then, in May, he was arrested for unlicensed driving, and accused of assaulting a police officer.

He was taken in by police on Wednesday at JFK  airport, immediately after returning from the European leg of his tour.

He appeared in court on Thursday (August 9).

Assistant District Attorney Sara Weiss told Manhattan Supreme Court:

He has violated his plea agreement. The defendant should be sentenced to a state prison sentence of one to three years.

The rapper posted to Instagram recently, referring to the fact he might end up in prison.

The caption read:

I’m giving you guys one last music video this Sunday before I go to jail forever :/

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Girl Who Pushed Friend Off Bridge Is Charged After New Footage Emerges

Earlier this month, (Tuesday, August 7) a 16-year-old girl was pushed from a 60 foot bridge at Moulton Falls, over the Lewis River in Washington, US. The teenager, Jordan Holgerson, had told her friends – who were all standing behind her – she was too scared to jump, as she was standing on the edge

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Earlier this month, (Tuesday, August 7) a 16-year-old girl was pushed from a 60 foot bridge at Moulton Falls, over the Lewis River in Washington, US.

The teenager, Jordan Holgerson, had told her friends – who were all standing behind her – she was too scared to jump, as she was standing on the edge of the bridge.

The incident was filmed by one of the group and in the video, a boy can be heard asking her ‘ready?’, but before she could respond, another female could be seen leaning over the railing and shoving Jordan forwards, causing her to fall 60 feet from the bridge.

Watch the footage below:

The rest of the group shouted out in shock before 16-year-old Jordan slammed into the water with a sickening thud.

An ambulance was called at some point after the fall, and while thankfully the teenager survived, she suffered a number of horrific injuries.

She sustained six broken ribs, as well as a punctured lung and had air bubbles in her chest.

However, the 18-year-old woman who was filmed pushing her friend off the bridge, Taylor Smith, has now been charged with reckless endangerment, reports ABC News.

Check out an interview with both girls below:

Prosecutors filed the charge Friday, August 17, with a declaration of probable cause from the arresting officer stating in part:

It is clear that Taylor Smith engaged in conduct which created a substantial risk of death and resulted in serious physical injury to Jordan Holgerson.

Reckless endangerment is considered a gross misdemeanour which is punishable by up to a year in jail and carries a maximum fine of $5,000.

Taylor stated:

I accept the charges maturely and all I can do is hope for the best for Jordan and myself.

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According to the complaint filed in Clark County district court, Jordan told authorities it was Smith who had pushed her and it was unwanted.

Smith admitted to pushing Jordan off the bridge but stated to authorities she only did so in an attempt to help her friend overcome her fear, and she didn’t want to injure her.

During an exclusive interview with ABC NewsGood Morning America, Smith said she failed to consider the repercussions beforehand:

She wanted to jump and she was scared and she had asked me to give her a push, and I didn’t think about the consequences. I thought she would be fine.

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Prior to Smith being charged, Jordan’s mother, Genelle, explained the dangers of her daughter’s fall, and wanted the girl responsible for pushing her to turn herself in.

Speaking to Katu, she said:

Recovery’s gonna be slow with her ribs, and her chest. I don’t see any hopes of leaving today.

If she fell a different way she could have broken her neck, become paralysed. She could have died.

My daughter’s gonna have a long road to recovery and I think that she should probably just turn herself in – realise what she did wrong. This is not okay.

She could have killed my daughter.

Smith told Good Morning America, the prospect of facing charges is ‘scary’ but she will ‘accept whatever the prosecutor gives me.’

She commented:

I never intended to hurt her ever, nor would I intend to hurt anyone. I’m really sorry it turned out that way. I just pray that she heals and gets better.

I accept whatever the prosecutors think is best for me, considering I caused not only bodily harm but emotional trauma as well.

But I just hope for the best.

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Britain’s Got Talent Star Simonne Kerr Stabbed To Death In Own Home

Simmone AA member of NHS’s B Positive choir – who performed in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent final – has died after being stabbed to death in her own home.

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A member of the NHS B Positive choir – who performed in the 2018 Britain’s Got Talent final – has died after being stabbed to death in her own home.

Haematology and oncology nurse Simonne Kerr was stabbed in her flat in southwest London, and was pronounced dead at the scene after police were called.

The 31-year-old mother of two had lost her son Kavele to sickle cell anaemia back in 2015. She joined the B Positive choir after his death to raise public awareness about the importance of donating blood.

According to the Metropolitan Police, Simonne’s next-of-kin have been informed, and a post-mortem will be carried out today.

A 40-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder, and is now in police custody.

Police are reportedly not currently looking for anybody else in connection with their investigation, which is being led by The Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command.

The B Positive choir, formed by NHS Blood and Transplant unit staff, donors and patients, made it through to the Britain’s Got Talent final, inspiring viewers to donate blood through their powerful performances and personal stories.

Simonne found out she was a sickle cell carrier after a routine 12-week pregnancy scan. Kavele was diagnosed with the disease when he was just five days old.

Speaking about her son at the time of the competition, Simonne said:

Knowing both myself and Kavele’s dad were carriers of the sickle cell trait meant that my baby would have a one in four chance of developing the condition.

Kavele was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at birth. He had his first sickle at just a few months old.

The sickling happened mainly in his tummy and as he got older, he was hospitalised one or two times a year, usually for a few days at a time.

Kavele was an active child and he went to school and led as normal a life he could with sickle cell disease.

She added:

Singing can be such an uplifting experience so joining the B Positive choir seemed the obvious way to raise awareness of the urgent need for more young and black people to give blood while doing something positive and motivational.

Those who admired her devotion as a nurse, mother and singer have taken to social media to pay their respects.

Chief Executive of the Sickle Cell Society, John James OBE, tweeted:

So so shocked to hear that our friend, Sickle Cell Society volunteer and B-Positive Choir member Simonne Kerr has been tragically killed. In shock. My thoughts are with her mother, siblings and other family members.

The London International Gospel Choir also offered their condolences, tweeting:

Our hearts go out to @bpositivechoir at this awful time. May she rest in peace.
#SimonneKerr

Those with information concerning this incident are asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 3183/15Aug or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also tweet @MetCC.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Simonne at this difficult time.

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Bringing Back The Death Penalty Would Be A Terrible Idea

On August 13, 1964, Peter Anthony Allen was led to the gallows at Walton Prison in Liverpool. They tied a noose around his neck and hanged him for his part in the murder of John Alan West. Allen was the last person to be sentenced to death by hanging in the United Kingdom. Fifteen months

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On August 13, 1964, Peter Anthony Allen was led to the gallows at Walton Prison in Liverpool. They tied a noose around his neck and hanged him for his part in the murder of John Alan West.

Allen was the last person to be sentenced to death by hanging in the United Kingdom. Fifteen months later, capital punishment was abolished for murder, however, the death penalty remained legal for offences such as treason until 1998.

In the lead-up to Allen’s execution, and that of his accomplice Gwynne Evans, use of the death penalty had been in such decline the decision to sentence both men to death came as a surprise.

Today, the idea of bringing back the death penalty is not even worth considering. The United Kingdom, for all its recent missteps on the international stage, has progressed from the era of capital punishment.

It was the 13th protocol of the EU Convention on Human Rights which bound the UK to a directive which prohibits the restoration of the death penalty.

However, an interesting statistic emerged from 2016’s divisive European Referendum. Half of those who voted to leave the EU want to bring back the death penalty – as well as their precious blue passport covers.

Is this an issue that could raise its head once more in a post-Brexit Britain?

In the Old Testament, Leviticus 24:19 states:

And a man who injures his countryman – as he has done, so it shall be done to him [namely,] fracture under/for fracture, eye under/for eye, tooth under/for tooth. Just as another person has received injury from him, so it will be given to him.

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An ‘eye for an eye’ and a ‘tooth for a tooth’, is a phrase many have interpreted as a justification to dole out punishment befitting of the crime. Which is ironic as in the same Old Testament, one of the Ten Commandments is ‘Thou shalt not kill’, so let’s assume religion’s stance on the death penalty is a morally grey area.

The problem religion faces is texts are not updated; fundamentalists can utilise scripture to justify many acts that have no place in a modern and reasonable society. Check out Deuteronomy 22:28-29 and you’ll soon see what I mean.

 Mahatma Gandhi famously said:

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

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There’s something very archaic about the death penalty. I need to be careful about the words I use here because naturally, it’s a sensitive subject. Personally, I don’t like to say its implementation is barbaric, instead, I prefer to use the word ‘misguided’.

Just like those who voted leave, I don’t want to label them all as racist or ignorant – as it’s way too simplistic and sweeping. Instead, I prefer to think of them as misguided too.

Those who are scared of progress and feel the need to revert ‘back to simpler times’. A bit like Afrikaners who look back at apartheid with graduation goggles.

A survey run by YouGov right after the referendum polled both sides of the vote. It showed over half of those who voted leave were in favour of bringing back the death penalty.

Speaking to the BBC after the results of the referendum, Ben Shimshon, of Britain Thinks – a company which advises businesses and political parties on how to communicate with the public leave voters – said:

[Those who voted in favour of Brexit] tended to value things like order, stability and safety against things like openness, modernity and other social-liberal values that were more popular among Remain voters.

Often it’s about harking back to the past – sometimes a feeling that they don’t belong to the present.

The vast majority of those in favour of a return for the death penalty voted leave. But it is a nostalgia driven fallacy to draw lines between ‘we preferred life outside the EU’ and ‘life outside the EU permitted the death penalty’.

Regardless of the empirical facts it’s nonsensical and based on half-truths. That’s the problem with nostalgia, it’s like a placebo which numbs you to reality, and vague memories exclude the negatives.

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A common argument among supporters is they don’t want to pay more taxes to house the UK’s most violent and notorious criminals. For them, bringing back the death penalty is an easier solution. They believe it’ll reduce tax costs and the number of inmates in overcrowded prisons.

However, an analysis of how capital punishment functions in America (where the death penalty is legal in 31 states) paints a picture which isn’t as black and white as supporters in the UK may have first believed.

A 2016 study by Dr Ernest Goss, professor of economics at Creighton University, calculated each death penalty prosecution cost Nebraska’s taxpayers roughly $1.5 million more, compared to an inmate serving ‘life without parole’.

He estimated, overall, court-mandated executions cost Americans an average of $23.2 million more per year than alternative sentences.

The increase in taxpayer expense is ultimately unavoidable down to the greater expense of capital punishment trials, automatic appeals, and the increased security on death row with lower staff-to-prisoner ratios.

If the UK government were to bring back the death penalty they would be putting the country’s already unsteady economy at risk. While at a glance the UK is still the third largest economy (behind France and Germany) their exit from the EU will effectively put them at the back of any trade deals with other countries. Whether the current government will admit it or not,  Brexit has left the UK teetering in a precarious position.

With inflation rising at 2.4 per cent for the first time since November 2017, according to the BBC, and government cuts to police funding and the NHS, not to mention the never-ending price rises in the housing market, to bring back the death penalty would be detrimental to the nation’s coffers.

Supporters of the death penalty will argue its presence in the American judicial system will deter those of violent crime. However, this is another notion which has been disproved.

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In the US, death-penalty states do not have lower homicide rates than those without it. Between 1990-1994, the murder rates in Wisconsin and Iowa (both non-death-penalty states) were half the rate of their death penalty embracing neighbour, Illinois.

In fact, statistics show, use of the death penalty could actually increase homicide rates.

From 2000-2010, FBI figures show the murder rate in states with capital punishment were, between 25 and 46 per cent higher, compared to states without it.

Police chiefs in America have openly stated the death penalty is the ‘least effective’ deterrent in battling violent crime, behind curbing drug use, putting more officers on the beat, increased prison time and stricter gun control.

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It should be noted, however, for the first time since 2006, the USA was not one of the five leading nations for executions. They fell to seventh behind Egypt, according to Amnesty International.

From an economic and practical standpoint, bringing back the death penalty doesn’t make sense, and I could talk about the ethical reasons too but I would be screaming into an echo chamber, those who agree usually always did and most of those who don’t ‘aren’t for moving’ – kind of like what happened between the Leave and Remain campaigns.

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Therefore, the only logical conclusion is to appeal to your pockets, bank accounts, pay slips and beneath the cushions of the sofa.

For those of you looking for an ethical reason as to why capital punishment is utter bullsh*t, I’ll leave you with this profound quote:

Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.

Know who said it?

J.R.R. Tolkien in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

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