5 Things for Friday
Almost everyone knows New Orleans can be a dangerous place, but a recent uptick in crime is causing some serious issues in the city. Just last night, six people including a 6-year-old were shot while sitting on their front porch- leading Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Police Chief Michael Harrison to call the incident “completely unacceptable”.
Just last Saturday, 13 people were shot in the city- killing two, the most people shot in a single day so far in 2017. Even the number killed or wounded by gunfire hit the number 300 in late May, much quicker than a usual year. So what is there to do? I guess we’ll have to see, but many are pointing to removing Confederate monuments not being the answer.
Well, former FBI Director James Comey did not hold anything back when he testified yesterday. Calling the President a liar and ensuring that he had no doubt that the Russians interfered in the election were just the tip of the iceberg. Now, people are wondering if anything will come out of the testimony, especially from the things not heard by the public in the secret behind-closed-doors hearing. While Mr. Trump did not tweet about Comey testifying at all yesterday, he did let one thing out this morning, tweeting:
“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication… and WOW, Comey is a leaker!”
Today the defense lawyer for Michelle Carter will file a motion to issue a not guilty verdict due to insufficient evidence. If you aren’t familiar, 17-year-old Carter is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter after text messages revealed she encouraged her then-boyfriend, 18-year-old Conrad Roy III, to kill himself. Roy did end up taking his own life.
It will be interesting to see what the judge decides to do here. While Carter’s messages can be seen as inappropriate and disturbing, is it enough to charge her as a part of Roy’s death?
Even though the big Comey hearing was yesterday, President Trump wasn’t the world leader having the worst day. Prime Minister Theresa May shockingly lost her majority in parliament- the effect of an election she called for. May expected to win more government control, but it actually backfired and now some in the country are hoping she’ll resign.
This isn’t the end all be all for May- she is meeting today with the Queen to see if she can form a new government by aligning her Conservative Party with another political party, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
Yesterday it was revealed that on June 1, two U.S. citizens were arrested for allegedly having ties to Hezbollah, a terrorist organization out of Lebanon. One man from New York and one man from Michigan were recruited by the organization and allegedly received military style-training including large weapons.