Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw found guilty of rape

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“This needs consensus,” said Michael Jacobs, an economist with the New Climate Economy project, speaking to reporters outside Paris. “There’s a lot of negotiating to do.” OKLAHOMA CITY — 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. OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was convicted Thursday of sexually victimizing eight women on his police beat. 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.

Holtzclaw openly cried in the courtroom as judge Timothy Henderson read the verdict, with the jury finding him guilty on 18 out of 36 counts involving eight of the 13 women (paywall) who testified against him. He could spend the rest of his life in prison based on the jury’s recommendation that he serve a total of 263 years, including a 30-year sentence on each of four first-degree rape convictions.

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? 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.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government appears not to have picked up on extremist messages exchanged during the online courtship two years ago between the American-born man accused in the California shootings and his then-fiancée in Pakistan, according to lawmakers detailing closed-door briefings by federal officials on Capitol Hill. Benjamin Crump, president of the National Bar Association, reportedly said at an earlier date in the trial that justice would be served, regardless of race. “We will be here to make sure that this is not swept under the rug,” Crump said. “We come here to stand with these 13 victims of rape, who happen to be African-American women, to say that their lives matter too.” Prosecutors reportedly accused Holtzclaw of preying on economically disadvantaged women in one of the state’s poorest neighborhood, by using his badge to force victims to heed to his escalating crimes that went from groping to rape. His case brought new attention to the problem of sexual misconduct committed by law enforcement officers, something police chiefs have studied for years. American officials say 28-year-old Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, 29-year-old Tashfeen Malik, discussed martyrdom and jihad online as early as 2013.

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. 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. 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.

She testified Holtzclaw groped her several times, exposed himself, and forced her into oral sex, telling her to remain still so that her heart monitor would not go off. “I just really can’t believe it because it’s the police. 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. 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. 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.

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. I couldn’t believe what was going on was really going on.” She didn’t report the crime because she didn’t think anyone would believe her. “I feel like all police will work together and I was scared.” He found a crack pipe in another woman’s bag. He offered her a ride, and then proceeded to follow her into her house, and allegedly raped her in her bed. “And he was like, ‘This is, you know, better than the county,’” she testified.

The U.N. talks often run past deadline, given the complexity and sensitivity of each word in an international agreement. “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 … 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. 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. 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. The first family was Kevork Jamkossian, a gynecologist from Aleppo, his wife Georgina Zires, a lab technician, and their 16-month-old daughter Madeleine. “We really would like to thank you for all this hospitality and the warm welcome,” the father said to Trudeau through an interpreter. “We felt ourselves at home.” SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung’s hopes of ending years of acrimony over whether its computer chip factories caused cancer have hit a hitch: some sickened workers and their families say they’ll never accept its highly conditional offer of financial assistance. 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.”

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. 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. Clinton made the comments after Meyers asked her, “Having been a first lady, what qualities does your husband have that would be good for that job?” She said Bill Clinton is “a great host” and “loves giving tours,” but “picking out flower arrangements, maybe not.” And because he is “vegan-ish” — he eats fish but not meat or dairy — she said “he might have useful information about menus” for vegan guests.

Now, the gay poet has made a years-long dream come true — he is visiting Israel, Iran’s archenemy and a country known for its tolerance toward gays. But the 30-year-old Feili stands out not only because of his arrival in a country so at odds with his own, but because of his professed adoration for the state some Iranian leaders have dubbed a cancer and have called to be wiped off the map. “I still can’t believe I am here,” the soft-spoken Feili said in Farsi, speaking through his translator and the friend who brought him to Israel, Adi Liberman. 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.”

Feili, who has written nine books, many of them openly discussing homosexuality, escaped to Turkey last year when the Iranian government’s threats against him and his family became unbearable. ZWICKAU, Germany — Christmas carols sound in the medieval square, and the scents of hot spiced wine, anise cookies and beeswax candles waft through the air at Zwickau’s traditional Christmas market. The four children of the Habashieh family, Syrian refugees, wander from stand to stand, looking with big eyes at all the mouthwatering delicacies — filled with joy that they will be spending their first German Christmas in the warmth of their own home. Today, she couldn’t be happier: Following months in a succession of squalid asylum centers, German authorities found them an empty apartment where they could live with modest dignity. The Muslim family has joined in the Christmas spirit of their neighbors, decorating the door of their flat with glittery red bells and tree branches in green and gold. “We’re fully integrated now,” Reem Habashieh, the family’s oldest daughter, says with a twinkle in her eye.

Her little sister Raghad, 11, even has a toy Christmas calendar like most German kids, where each date is a door that opens to reveal chocolate in the countdown to Christmas eve.

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