Ex-Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw guilty of rape

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The teenager’s mother clapped her hands and screamed with joy as she watched an Oklahoma City jury convict a former police officer of raping her daughter and sexually assaulting seven other women. Daniel Holtzclaw’s conviction for raping or sexually assaulting eight women he encountered on his beat draws further attention to the problem of sexual misconduct by law enforcement officers examined by the AP in a yearlong probe.LE BOURGET, France — High-stakes climate talks outside Paris will not end Friday as planned but will continue at least one more day as diplomats try to overcome disagreements over how — or even whether — to share the costs of fighting climate change and shift to clean energy on a global scale.Oklahoma City – A former Oklahoma City police officer was found guilty of crimes including rape and sexual battery by a jury on Thursday in a case where prosecutors said he preyed on women who had trouble with the law, hoping their word would not stand up against his. Lawmakers say the government appears to have missed signals that extremist messages were exchanged during the online courtship between Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik.

Negotiators from more than 190 countries are trying to do something that’s never been done: reach a deal for all countries to reduce man-made carbon emissions and cooperate to adapt to rising seas and increasingly extreme weather caused by human activity. Sentencing was set for January and he could face life in prison. “I didn’t do it,” said Holtzclaw, before he was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs. A jury found him guilty of 18 counts: four counts of first-degree rape, one count of second-degree rape, six counts of sexual battery, four counts of forcible oral sodomy and three counts of procuring lewd exhibition.

Protesters who gathered outside the court earlier this week, demanded that the all-white jury convict the officer who is mixed race Asian and white, based on the physical evidence and the word of the 13 black women, who testified about how they were sexually assaulted. The presidential hopeful’s image and name is removed from parts of a Dubai golf course and housing development amid the uproar over his comments about banning Muslims from traveling to the U.S. They said he did this because he did not think authorities would take the victims’ word over his if he had to defend himself against sexual assault allegations.

The tech giant’s hopes of ending years of bad publicity over whether its chip factories caused cancer have some sickened workers saying they won’t accept its conditional offer of financial assistance. Thirteen women took the stand in the trial, which began more than a month ago, telling jurors of sexual assaults that ranged from touching over their clothing to forced oral sex and rape.

Formal sentencing is scheduled for next month, but the suggested sentences from the jury add up to over 260 years and District Attorney David Prater is requesting that those sentences be served back to back, NBC reports. • Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Dwight Freeney strips the ball from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with 5 seconds to play to deprive Minnesota a chance at the tying field goal and Arizona holds on for a 23-20 win.

U.N. climate conferences often run past deadline, given the complexity and sensitivity of each word in an international agreement, and the consequences for national economies. “I will not present the text Friday evening, as I had thought, but Saturday morning,” Fabius said on BFM television. “There is still work to do … One of the final people to testify was a girl who said she was 17 at the time of the sexual assault and Holtzclaw raped her on her mother’s front porch. CNN also made note of the racial overtones involved in the case, as Holtzclaw’s father is white, his mother is Japanese and court records identify him as “Asian or Pacific Islander,” but all of his victims were 13 black females ranging in age from 17 to women in their 50s. Shortly after the verdict was read, a press conference was announced with victims, lawyers and local activists, in front of the courthouse where Holtzclaw was tried and convicted. In addition, it’s reported that he promised the victims – who all had a history of drug-related crimes – to drop a charge against them if they didn’t report him.

Rather than leave her at the door, she said, he followed her to her bedroom where he raped her, saying, “This is better than county jail.” The woman testified she was raped by a police officer but could not identify Holtzclaw specifically and said she thought the officer was a black man shorter than her. A common thread among cases of police sexual misconduct was they involved victims who were among society’s most vulnerable: juveniles, drug addicts, and women in custody or with a criminal history. After receiving a report from a grandmother who said Holtzclaw forced her to perform oral sex during a traffic stop, police identified a dozen other women who said Holtzclaw had victimized them. Most of them said Holtzclaw stopped them while out on patrol, searched them for outstanding warrants or checked to see if they were carrying drug paraphernalia, then forced himself on them. Among the eight women Holtzclaw was convicted of attacking was a grandmother in her 50s, who launched the police investigation and who was in the courtroom Thursday.

But the couple never surfaced on law enforcement’s radar and Malik was able to enter the U.S. on a fiancée visa last year despite having professed radical views online. Meanwhile, the investigation into the shootings that left 14 dead last week continued in San Bernardino, where an FBI dive team searched a small, urban lake about 3 miles north of the shooting site. She pushed back at one point, telling him, “I’m really getting upset by the way you’re coming after me.” Her mother said her daughter didn’t want to talk about the case anymore, but that she was relieved about the conclusion of a “long journey to justice.” Several of Holtzclaw’s accusers had been arrested or convicted of crimes, and his attorney made those issues a cornerstone of his defense strategy.

Turkey’s foreign minister says his country is refraining from responding to Russian efforts to hit back at Turkey over its downing of a Russian jet, but says the country’s patience is not without limits. Russia slapped economic sanctions on Turkey and recently took the issue of Turkey’s deployment of troops in Iraq to the United Nations Security Council. She said she didn’t call the police because, “I’m calling the police on the police?” Holtzclaw allegedly pulled one woman over in her car and suspected her of drunken driving. — Dow Chemical and the DuPont will attempt to merge in an all-stock deal that would create a colossal chemical producer worth $130 billion, before splitting into three separate companies.

Prater said he wanted a jury that was a “good cross-section of our community,” but defense attorneys eliminated every potential black juror during the selection process. “I don’t care what they look like, where they go to church, what god they worship, or how much money they make,” he said. “We stand up for people in this community.” The poll was taken before he called for a ban on Muslims coming into the United States and does not reflect the furor that has turned some leading Republican figures, at least, against him. “I wouldn’t give him a 10 on the compassionate scale,” said poll respondent Lisa Barker, 55, of Worcester, Massachusetts, an unaffiliated voter who says she’s all in for Trump. “I’d probably put him in the middle. But I love the fact that he’s decisive.” TORONTO — The first Canadian government plane carrying Syrian refugees arrived in Toronto late Thursday where they were greeted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is pushing forward with his pledge to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February. Canada’s much more populous southern neighbor plans to take in just 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, and even that is provoking opposition.

The flight from Jordan arrived just before midnight carrying the first of two large groups of Syrian refugees to arrive in the country by government aircraft. As recently as the middle of last year, it seemed the South Korean consumer electronics giant was ready to come to terms with critics of its workplace safety.

While still not conceding a link between the chemicals used in its semiconductor factories and cancer, it apologized and promised financial help for sick workers. The plight of former workers was also attracting media scrutiny in Europe and in the U.S., both important markets for Samsung’s smartphones and other products.

The mother said she believes the type of police crime brought to light by the Holtzclaw case “isn’t just a problem in Oklahoma — it’s a problem for the nation.” At issue is Samsung’s rejection of the mediator’s recommendations that an independent organization be established to oversee compensation and monitor safety and preventive measures at its factories. NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton says her husband wouldn’t be much use picking out flower arrangements for the White House, but if she’s elected president, he would come in handy as a host and adviser. “I’ll ask him about the economy, what we should do with dealing with a lot of difficult people in the world,” Clinton said on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in a segment taped Thursday.

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