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March 1, 2019

HAWAII-JURY DUTY ARREST

Potential juror yells ‘he is guilty’ and winds up jailed

HONOLULU (AP) — A man called for jury duty in Hawaii shouted “he is guilty, he is guilty” outside a courtroom and ended up spending a night in jail.

That’s according to a lawyer representing Jacob Maldonado. The attorney says Maldonado was having a bad day during Tuesday’s outburst and wanted to get out of being on a jury on an assault case.

The judge wasn’t amused and ordered Maldonado’s arrest on a contempt charge and set a $10,000 cash bail. Maldonado spent the night in jail. He was released without being charged or fined.

PAT GARRETT-STREET

New Mexico city balks at Billy the Kid killer street name

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico city is balking at the idea of renaming a street after the 19th century Old West sheriff who shot and killed the outlaw Billy the Kid.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Las Cruces city councilors appeared reluctant to endorse the plan to rename the street for Sheriff Pat Garrett.

Councilors expressed concern about the cost and Garrett’s reputation as a sheriff who often took the law into his own hands. Their reluctance angered a group that worked for two years to promote the name change.

Garrett gunned down Billy the Kid in 1881 while the outlaw visited his girlfriend in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

NEO-NAZI-GROUP-BLACK-OWNED

Neo-Nazi group’s leader is black man who vows to dissolve it

CHARLOTTESVILL, Va. (AP) — On Wall Street, it would be called a hostile takeover.

Federal court documents filed Thursday shows one of the nation’s largest neo-Nazi groups appears to have an unlikely new leader: a black activist who has vowed to dismantle it.

Court documents filed suggest James Hart Stern wants to use his new position as director and president of the National Socialist Movement to undermine the Detroit-based group’s defense against a lawsuit.

The NSM is one of several extremist groups sued over bloodshed at a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Stern’s filing asks a federal court in Virginia to issue a judgment against the group before one of the lawsuits goes to trial. It’s unclear how Stern came to take over the group.