"Ghislaine Maxwell forced me into a room to be raped - and smiled at me when it was over"

One of Jeffrey Epstein's victims explains why the celebrity's conviction was cause for celebration — and why she no longer fears it (Author: Gardener)

Ghislaine MaxwellSarah Ransome, second from right, and Elizabeth Stein, right, in front of the New York Courthouse. It wasn't until she heard the clink, clink, clink of Ghislaine Maxwell's bonds as she entered the New York City courthouse that Sarah Ransome knew it was finally over. Up until this point in the sentencing hearing, Ransome had been convinced that the British heiress would magically elude justice in a Houdini-like move. Perhaps, with the help of influential old friends, she would be granted a last-minute clemency. Perhaps she would kill herself in prison, like Jeffrey Epstein, or actually be killed, as Maxwell herself implied in her plea for leniency. "I never thought this day would happen," Ransome tells me. Born in Johannesburg to British parents, Ransome spent most of 2006 as a virtual sex slave to Epstein and his former girlfriend Maxwell. In this courtroom sketch, Sarah Ransome gives her testimony during the sentencing of Ghislaine Maxwell in federal court. When she first met the couple, the wannabe fashion student, aged 22, was flown between Epstein's homes in the US Virgin Islands and New York. There she was drugged, starved and raped up to three times a day by Epstein and other men. But, she said, it was Maxwell — the "friendly-looking genteel woman" — who had persuaded her to lower her guard and normalize the abuse. Ransome had fled back to England in May 2007 but remained so terrified of Epstein, Maxwell and the powerful friends they bragged about that she moved almost 50 times and changed her appearance frequently. In 2017, she sued Maxwell and settled out of court, and has now written a memoir about her experience with Epstein — and how his behavior was facilitated by Maxwell. "All the talk about Maxwell being a scapegoat, none of this would have been possible without her," says Ransome. I walked out of that room with Epstein bleeding and Ghislaine just smiled.” Sarah Ransome had fled back to England in May 2007 but remained so scared of Epstein, Maxwell and the powerful friends they boasted that she moved almost 50 times and frequently changed her appearance Canteen of the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse in New York City. She hugs me and says she's so glad this day has come. She sat with her attorney and a fellow victim, Elizabeth Stein, preparing her testimony for the court. "I'm so tired, it was so crowded," she tells me. As Maxwell delivered her surprise speech in court on Tuesday, Ransome sobbed from her seat alongside the other victims in the fourth row of the auditorium. "It was hearing that voice again, it brought me back," she tells me hours after Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Manhattan court. "I'm sorry for the pain you've experienced," Maxwell told the women after blaming Epstein. "When she says 'I'm sorry,' those are just words, words carefully crafted by her attorneys," says Ransome. Even during Maxwell's four-week sex trafficking trial, her victims found it difficult to imagine Maxwell as a prisoner. In her own neatly pressed clothes and freshly styled hair as she laughed as she sipped from her lawyers' Starbucks coffee, the 60-year-old had an incredibly easy-going demeanor for someone faced with the possibility of life behind bars. What happens next: Maxwell could apply for a transfer to the UK Ransome, one speaking out calling the process a "circus". She and the other women had tried for years to persuade US authorities to listen to them. She even filed a lawsuit against Epstein, Maxwell, and three alleged assistants in 2017. It wasn't until 2019 that Epstein was criminally charged, and a year after his death, so was Maxwell. Princes, former presidents and celebrities had all moved in Epstein's orbit. Hundreds of women came forward with nearly identical accounts of grooming and abuse. “This process was a facelift to make the government look better. It was nonsense," Ransome told me. “Twenty years for sexually abusing all these women, for decades? [Ghislaine] should spend the rest of her life in prison.” And as for Ransome, Maxwell wasn't the only one who should be on trial. She wonders why the others who allegedly supported the abuse have not been charged. In summary, Manhattan Court Judge Alison Nathan ruled that Maxwell had cited a "criminal responsible participant" and named another of Epstein's assistants, Sarah Kellen. Kellen, 43, was described in court documents as Epstein's "lieutenant" for allegedly procuring and booking underage girls for "massages." She was one of four women granted immunity from prosecution for Epstein's abuse through a so-called sweetheart deal with the government in 2008. “I can't believe she named Kellen. Something definitely has to happen now,” says Ransome. “A lot of people need to be held accountable. People have seen me on this island - stunned and in tears." For Ransome, Tuesday was all about confronting Maxwell and telling her, "I'm not scared of you anymore." In a particularly rude victim testimony, she told Maxwell about the damage she caused. Ransome says she has suffered from crippling anxiety, PTSD and depression since her time on the island. "I frequently experience flashbacks and wake up from nightmares in a cold sweat and reliving the horrific experience," she told the court. "I'm hyper alert, experience dramatic mood swings, and avoid certain places, situations, and people. Sometimes I start crying uncontrollably and for no apparent reason.” She describes herself as a survivor of Maxwell and Epstein, not a victim. In her address, Maxwell told the victims in court that she hoped they could move on and that their imprisonment would bring them "a measure of peace and finality." But Ransome, now 38, said the trauma deprived her of a normal life. Maxwell turned to Ransome briefly during her testimony - the only woman of the five she did this for. The socialite shot Ransome a look through her glasses - a look more of contempt than sympathy. "She hasn't forgotten me," Ransome says of the moment. She traveled from her home in England for the four-week trial in December, as well as Tuesday's hearing. "I made this journey alone," she tells me. Years ago, my dad turned to me and said, "You were 22, you made your own decisions." My family is based on perceptions of how we look to the world.”


Ghislaine Maxwell applies for transfer to British prison after three years

Under US law, the convicted sex trafficker must spend the first three years in the States, but can then apply to move closer to her family. (Author: Gardener)

BritishGhislaine Maxwell will apply to be transferred to a UK prison after serving three years of her sentence, a source has claimed. Under US law, the convicted sex trafficker must spend the first three years in the States, but can then apply to move closer to her family. A source told the Telegraph that the 60-year-old, who has British, French and US citizenship, will formally apply to serve the majority of her 20-year sentence in the UK. She has been in detention for two years, which a judge may consider as elapsed time. Maxwell's siblings have consistently stood up for their disgraced sister throughout her trial, accusing Jeffrey Epstein of "sucking her into his net" and criticizing the conditions she faced behind bars. Speaking in court yesterday, her brother Kevin said they had nothing to add to the "heartfelt statement" Ghislaine made in court and confirmed she would be appealing her conviction and sentence. Kevin said: "Ghislaine will exercise her right to appeal her conviction and sentence and we, the family, will stand firmly behind her all the way." Minutes earlier, Ghislaine's attorney, Bobbi Sternheim, issued a statement outside court, saying: "Our client Ghislaine Maxwell has been slandered, pilloried and given little room to be treated fairly because, even before she entered this courthouse, she was they were tried and convicted in the court of public opinion. The family have appeared either together or individually during her trial and have stood by her in a determined gesture of family support, despite the risk of tarnishing her own reputation by not condemning her for her relationship with Epstein. Ian Maxwell has argued his 60-year-old sister has been unfairly treated by the US justice system and will serve decades behind bars on "baseless allegations". He maintains his sister's innocence and says she could have fled to France - a country that has no extradition treaty with the United States - but decided to stay in Britain and surrender to the authorities because she had a "clean conscience". have. He wrote in the Telegraph: "I believe her when she says she hasn't committed any crimes and, apart from believing her because I know her so well, the fact that she's staying convinces me even more." In January, Ian said he didn't think Ghislaine would "turn around" and help prosecutors convict others close to Epstein. "I don't know what Ghislaine has to say about others. So why is she suddenly starting to produce names or who knows what. I don't think that will happen.' Ghislaine's trial was just the latest chapter in her family's roller-coaster history, once run by her corrupt publishing tycoon father, Robert Maxwell. Her father, who owned the Daily Mirror, died in November 1991 aged 68 after falling from his luxury yacht Lady Ghislaine - named after his youngest daughter - into the Atlantic. His family were left to pick up the pieces of his shattered business empire after it was discovered he had embezzled hundreds of millions of pounds from his pension funds. Kevin, 62, became Britain's biggest bankruptcy when a £407million order was placed against him in 1992 for his role in his bullying father's business. He and Ian, 65, who took control of their father's businesses, are on trial over their alleged involvement in his £460million pension fraud. They were acquitted in 1996 after a trial at the Old Bailey that cost taxpayers £12million, although their family name was tainted for many years. Isabel, 71, made a fortune from early tech companies with her twin sister Christine, but was declared bankrupt by a UK court in 2015. Tragedy also struck her personal life the same year when her third husband, ”illusionist Al Seckel died in an alleged fall near her home in France. In a 2006 interview, Isabel described how she dealt with the challenges of life with the words: “I have learned not to run away from bad times. Isabel was Ghislaine's only family member present each day of her trial, and she sat just meters from her in the public gallery, waving gestures of support at her. She became a familiar sight, walking in and out of court every day, wearing one of her signature berets to ward off the chill of the New York winter. Kevin was in court for several days sitting next to Isabel and even appeared with her in artistic drawings by Ghislaine in the courtroom. He spoke to reporters outside the Manhattan courthouse to complain about the conditions she endured during the case. Kevin claimed that she was malnourished and forced to wear shackles while being escorted to and from court, leaving her bloodied and injured. Kevin claimed his sister had to be tied up from the time she left the Metropolitan Detention Center until she arrived in court and then again for her return journey. He said: "She has to go up and down the stairs in the shackles and they hurt her. "She's bruised, she even bled, and you really have to wonder in 2021 what on earth are they doing tying up a 59-year-old woman like this every day when they're absolutely not a threat to the community." He added, "She's on trial for her life and she didn't get any food the first day, she got a boiled egg, she's lucky if it doesn't go moldy, she gets some pieces of bread, maybe a power disc and a banana or an apple. Ghislaine's other brother Ian was also vocal in his support, giving interviews in which he claimed she was facing an unfair trial, saying "My sister is not a monster". Ian also lashed out during her pre-trial detention, describing her as "500 days of effective solitary isolation in this evil place," adding that "she's weakened, drained and hollowed out." Robert Maxwell, who had nine children with his wife Elisabeth "Betty" Meynard, was known as a tyrannical and tyrannical father, but he had a crush on Ghislaine. In a 1995 interview, Elisabeth spoke about how they recreated her husband's childhood family who were killed in the Holocaust. The lives of two of Ghislaine's siblings were cut short by early deaths while she was enjoying a jet-setting golden lifestyle as a friend of Prince Andrew and partner to Epstein before he was exposed as a paedophile.


Ghislaine Maxwell is to be monitored by specialized guards

The convicted sex trafficker, 60, is likely to serve her sentence in the low-security federal penitentiary in Danbury, Connecticut that inspired Orange Is The New Black. (Author: Gardener)

Ghislaine MaxwellGhislaine Maxwell is under constant surveillance in her new prison for security reasons after being sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday. The convicted sex trafficker, 60, is likely to serve her sentence in the low-security federal penitentiary in Danbury, Connecticut that inspired Orange Is The New Black. But as a high-profile sex offender, the British socialite could be a likely target at the prison known as "Club Fed" for its convenient programs for inmates, including a "wide range of hobby crafts and music" as well as circuit training. Aerobics and over 50 fitness classes. Maxwell's legal team claimed a fellow inmate had previously been offered money to strangle her while she slept in Brooklyn and there were also fears she could be shot by a sniper. In addition to the potential for violence from other inmates, she was placed on suicide watch out of concern that she would follow her former lover Jeffrey Epstein to suicide in prison. Sarah Krissoff, a white-collar crime partner at Day Pitney, told MailOnline: "There is no doubt that Maxwell struggled with difficult conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Centre, particularly given that she was detained during Covid. “These facilities are much better equipped to deal with inmates who are incarcerated for long periods and offer a broader range of services, such as educational and recreational programs, as well as more comprehensive medical and mental health services. “The Bureau of Prisons generally assigns defendants convicted of sex crimes or crimes against children to some facilities that have experience dealing with these types of inmates, so I expect they will be able to do the to address safety concerns." The attorney added, "Maxwell's attorneys have repeatedly indicated that she does not pose a suicide risk, and it is generally not possible to keep someone under surveillance for an extended period of time." Maxwell reported that the Brooklyn prison staff threatened her safety and asked staff to put her under suicide watch, prosecutors said. In court filings Saturday before her sentencing, Maxwell's attorneys said she was placed on suicide watch at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) and asked for a stay of her sentencing. On Sunday, prosecutors argued that no delay was needed because Maxwell had her legal documents and could get the same amount of sleep. They said Maxwell was transferred after she reported threats to her safety from MDC staff to the Federal Bureau of Prisons Inspector General. Maxwell declined to elaborate on why she feared for her safety, prosecutors said. S. District Judge Alison Nathon, who stated that she was placed under suicide watch. Sternheim claimed this was done "without a psychological evaluation and without justification," with Maxwell allegedly wearing a "suicide smock," a large piece of fabric that cannot be made into a sling, and was placed in solitary confinement. Sternheim argued that Maxwell's sentencing must be delayed while she remains on suicide watch, even if the attorney claimed she was "not suicidal." "If Ms Maxwell remains on suicide watch, is barred from reviewing legal papers before sentencing, is sleep deprived and not given sufficient time to meet and consult with a lawyer, we will officially close on Monday adjournment,” Sternheim wrote. Maxwell was convicted on December 29 on five counts, including sex trafficking, for recruiting and grooming four girls for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004. A former federal prosecutor said Maxwell will likely never reveal what she knows about Epstein's human trafficking. Maxwell has long been accused of knowing sordid details about Epstein and his potential co-conspirators, but has shown no sign of collaborating with federal investigators. Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor who is now a Los Angeles trial attorney, believes Maxwell's past actions and decisions indicate she will never cooperate against Epstein's potential co-conspirators. "She's adamant - she took this case to court, she got all these women to testify and victimized them again by forcing them to repeat their stories in court," Rhamani said shortly after the sentencing in an interview with Epstein, who died behind bars in what was ruled a suicide in 2019, sexually abused children hundreds of times over more than a decade and exploited vulnerable girls as young as 14, prosecutors say. After her sentencing Tuesday, Sternheim vowed to appeal, saying Epstein left Maxwell "with the whole bag in hand." Rahmani, unconnected to the case but speaking as a legal expert, noted that Maxwell's plan to appeal made it extremely unlikely that she would cooperate with investigators. "The problem with working together is that you are essentially giving up your right to appeal," he said. "You have to admit that you are involved in the trafficking and abuse of these young girls in order for the collaboration to mean anything," he added. Rahmani noted that it's possible for offenders to testify against co-conspirators after their conviction in exchange for a chance at a reduced sentence -- but it's extremely rare. Or once they're convicted and see the writing on the wall, they cooperate," he said. Rahmani said Maxwell's testimony at sentencing - in which she accused Epstein and presented herself as another victim - signaled that she was unlikely to show investigators evidence. Maxwell told the court at the sentencing hearing that she empathizes with the victims of the case but refuses to admit her guilt and blame Epstein for the abuse, saying it was the "biggest regret of my life" to blame him meeting. "Her no apology apology today leads me to believe she will not cooperate," Rahmani said. Maxwell's trial centered on allegations by just a handful of Epstein's accusers. Four testified that they were molested as teenagers in the 1990s and early 2000s at Epstein's mansions in Florida, New York, New Mexico and the Virgin Islands. Ahead of Tuesday's sentencing, Maxwell, who appeared in a blue prison uniform with shackles around her ankles, addressed the court and said she had been "fooled" by Epstein. "I realize that I was convicted of helping Jeffrey Epstein commit these crimes," she said. Prosecutors had asked Judge Nathan to sentence Maxwell to at least 30 years for Maxwell's "complete lack of remorse," while Maxwell argued she should only serve four years because she posed no danger to the public. The sentencing marks the end of a decade-long fight for justice by the victims of Maxwell and Epstein. BRAVE VICTIMS OF GHISLAINE MAXWELL AND JEFFREY EPSTEIN WHO TALK ABOUT ABUSE It was with tremendous courage that two British victims of Ghislaine Maxwell appeared in court to speak in harrowing detail about their horrific ordeal at the hands of the child sex offender - and the mental anguish they endured still suffer . A British woman who testified under the name "Kate" and Sarah Ransome - who was not included in the indictment at Maxwell's trial late last year - authored victim impact statements that detailed how their lives depended on the fallen celebrity had been destroyed. They made it a point to show up at the New York courthouse and read excerpts of their statements in person before the judge sentenced Maxwell to 20 years in prison for recruiting girls for herself and her former boyfriend, pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein The British victims were among four Maxwell survivors who wanted to confront the Oxford-educated sex trafficker and tell the world how her crimes had affected her failed suicide attempt after she struggled to come to terms with the abuse she was subjected to at the hands of Maxwell had suffered. A statement from Prince Andrew's teenage accuser Virginia Roberts, now known by her married name Giuffre, who was unable to appear in court due to a "medical issue", was read by her lawyer. Miss Ransome, 37, whose father is Scottish Lord Macpherson, said she was raped up to three times a day during her months-long captivity on Epstein's private Caribbean island after being tricked into his dirty web of abuse by Maxwell. She said in her impact statement: "I became nothing more than a human sex toy with a heartbeat and a soul for the entertainment of Epstein, Maxwell and others. Like the Hotel California, you could check into the Epstein-Maxwell dungeon of sexual hell, but you could never leave. Ghislaine personally forced me into Epstein's room to be raped. "I never married and have no children, something I always wanted, even as a little girl." Since the abuse, I've attempted suicide twice — both nearly fatal." Exploited by Maxwell after she died in 1991 at age 18 Having moved to New York years ago with ambitions to work in the fashion industry, Miss Stein said she was first molested by the British socialite and Epstein in a hotel — on the very first day she met Ghislaine. "That night at the hotel was the first of many times they sexually assaulted me," she said. "After that, I tried to pretend everything was normal..." Miss Stein said she was "assaulted countless times during a period of three years after Epstein - who died in prison in 2019 - and Maxwell lured her into hers , raped and trafficked" in a sex trafficking ring by "exploiting her vulnerability." “Things happened that were so traumatizing that to this day I can't talk about them; I don't even have the vocabulary to describe them.” Literally, Epstein and Maxwell scared me. After meeting Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, it felt like someone turned off the light on my soul.” The fourth and final prosecutor in Maxwell's trial told jurors how the privately trained predator gave her and her nude massage as a teenager New Mexico ranch groped at Epstein. "One of the most painful and enduring effects of Maxwell and Epstein's abuse has been the loss of trust in myself, my perceptions and my instincts," she said. "When predators nurture children and other vulnerable people and then abuse or exploit people, they are, in a sense, training them to distrust themselves. When a line is crossed or an expectation violated, you say to yourself, "Someone who cares enough about me to do all these nice things would certainly not try to harm me." That thought pattern is insidious, so that seed of self-doubt came upon learning that my sister [Maria] had also been hurt by them and years later finding out that many others had been taken advantage of. “For years, these memories provoked significant self-blame, belittling, and guilt. "I blamed myself for believing these predators were actually trying to help me. When I heard what other girls and young women had experienced through Maxwell and Epstein, I felt a tremendous survivor guilt.” I realized how her plan had continued. “Maxwell has had many opportunities to come clean, but instead continued to make more damaging decisions. When my sister and I first spoke to the media about what happened to us, Maxwell lied about us and threatened Maria, helping to drop the investigation into Epstein's behavior so that together they could continue harming children and young women. “Prince Andrews teenage sex accuser Miss Roberts – now based in Australia – is the most famous Epstein victim of all. Although she did not testify at Maxwell's trial, the jury found that Miss Roberts was one of her sex trafficking victims. In her impact statement, the American Maxwell vowed: "If you ever get out of prison, I will be here, watching you and making sure you never hurt anyone else again." She also told her: "Without question Jeffrey Epstein it was a terrible pedophile. But without you I would never have met Jeffrey Epstein. "For me and for so many others you opened the door to hell." And then, Ghislaine, like a wolf in sheep's clothing, you used your womanhood to betray us, and you guided us all through it. You deserve to be locked in a cage forever, just like you held your victims captive." When British victim "Kate" was a lonely teenager in 1994, Maxwell disguised her as a schoolgirl for sex with Epstein and branded her " good girl". She said: "The many acts Epstein committed against me, including rape, strangulation and sexual assault, would never have happened if Ghislaine Maxwell had not played the cunning and premeditated role. What happened to me at that young age changed my life drastically and forever.” For many years I have witnessed Ghislaine Maxwell attempting to recruit other girls and consistently and forcefully urging myself and others to do the same do .'There was never any ambiguity or doubt that once she recruited girls she knew exactly what was going to happen.' In the years after the abuse, she struggled with drug addiction, panic attacks, and night terrors, and she said she "felt unable to trust my own instincts when choosing romantic relationships." -traumatizing', but added: 'I don't regret it for a moment though.'


The City of Norfolk plans to make improvements to the Hampton Boulevard Bridge

Construction to improve the northbound Hampton Boulevard Bridge will begin July 11, the City of Norfolk said. Construction will take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and flags will help with traffic. Motorists must expect that different lanes will be closed at different times and that there will be irregular traffic delays.... (Author: Gardener)

The City of NorfolkConstruction to improve the northbound Hampton Boulevard Bridge will begin July 11, the City of Norfolk said. The project will repair key structural components and protect the bridge from decay, the city said. Lanes approaching the bridge will taper and converge, and lane closures will include reduced northbound lanes throughout most of the project. This project will add a new deck pad, repair the structural concrete, girders, piers and pilings, replace the bearing and expansion joints, and replace the wood fender system (to prevent boats from causing damage when they hit the bridge), the city said. City officials said the project is expected to be completed by mid-2023.


Investors in NYSE: QS stock should contact the Shareholders Foundation in connection with the update to the litigation against QuantumScape Corporation

SAN DIEGO, June 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. announced an update to the lawsuit pending for certain investors in QuantumScape Corporation (NYSE:QS) stock. investors who (Author: Gardener)

QuantumScape CorporationInvestors in NYSE: QS stock should contact the Shareholders Foundation in connection with the update to the lawsuit against QuantumScape CorporationSAN DIEGO, June 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. announced an update to the lawsuit alleging Investors in QuantumScape Corporation QS shares are pending with certainty. Investors who purchased QS stock of QuantumScape Corporation prior to November 27, 2020 and continue to hold any such NYSE: QS stock also have certain options and should contact [email protected] or call +1(858) 779 contact the Shareholders Foundation - 1554. A lawsuit was filed against QuantumScape Corporation on January 6, 2021. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants failed to disclose that the company's battery technology was insufficient for electric vehicle performance because it could not withstand the aggressive automotive environment; that the company's battery technology is unlikely to represent a significant improvement over existing battery technology; that the successful commercialization of the company's battery technology was subject to significantly greater risks and uncertainties than defendants disclosed. On June 21, 2021, a class action lawsuit was filed and on August 20, 2021, defendants filed a motion to dismiss the class action lawsuit. On January 14, 2022, the court entered an order denying defendants' motion to dismiss except as it related to a specific contested statement. Those who have purchased QuantumScape Corporation QS stock should contact the Shareholders Foundation, Inc. CONTACT: Shareholders Foundation, Inc. Michael Daniels [email protected] Researches shareholder matters and provides investors with information on securities class actions, settlements, judgments and other legal news related to the stock/financial market. The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is not a law firm. All named cases, investigations and/or settlements were not filed/initiated/achieved and/or are not related to the Shareholders Foundation. The information is provided as a public service only. © 2022 Benzinga does not provide investment advice.


Watch out for the speed of money increase

Market overview analysis by Michael Ashton for: . Read Michael Ashton's latest article on (Author: Gardener)

Michael AshtonAs M2 money growth soared throughout the COVID and post-COVID period of direct stimulus check writing funded by massive quantitative easing (QE), newcomers to monetarism thought it would not result in because the velocity of money collapsed at the same time. In the global financial crisis of 2008-09, with the onset of quantitative easing, the money supply grew rapidly and the velocity of money slowed, never to recover. The chart below shows normalized the rise of M, the fall of V, and the relative calm of MV/Q, which is of course P by definition, as long as you choose your Ms, Vs, and Qs correctly. Something similar happened in this episode, so why should it be any different? There are many reasons why these episodes are different. * The absolute magnitude of the increase in M2 was 2.5 times the 2007-2010 increase, which is generous as it measures 2007-2010 growth, which started almost 2 years before the first QE in November 2008 , compared to only 15 months in the second case. * As I have already written, in the first case, QE was aimed at banks; At the same time that the Federal Reserve was adding reserves, it was also paying banks interest on reserves - because the point was to strengthen banks, not consumers. * Bank lending growth never stopped in the 2020 crisis, while it contracted by 5% in the 2008 crisis (see chart, source: Fed Board of Governors). The monetarist novices (You can say they are novices because they say things like "Friedman said the rate is constant," which is false, or "The rate is just a sticking number [true] and has no independent meaning on its own [wrong]") insisted that the speed was in a perpetually decreasing state and that there was absolutely no reason to expect it ever to "bounce". After all, it only helped slightly after the GFC; why should it do that now? But after 2008, as I mentioned, interest rates recovered only briefly before falling again...with the added phenomenon that some global debt was yielding negatively, raising the legitimate question of whether there was, in fact, a natural "bottom" to accelerate interest rates are the main driver! There is at least one other major driver of the speed of money, although it is rarely important and almost never lasts very long. And that's economic uncertainty creating a demand to carry excess cash balances (implying a lower velocity of money circulation). A model driven (mainly) by interest rates and a level of uncertainty has done a pretty good job of explaining velocity over time (see chart, source Enduring Investments), including explaining the drop in velocity during the COVID-19 Out-of-sample crisis. Well, explaining speed is a lot easier than predicting it, because predicting interest rates isn't easy. Precautionary money demand is also not easy to predict – but at least we can expect it to revert somewhat to mean values. The last point from the model shown above uses recent data and suggests (mainly because of rising interest rates, but also because retirement savings are falling) that the velocity of money should start to pick up again. Not that the model predicts it will happen this week, but it should come as no surprise when it does. An increase in velocity would be a really bad thing as the money supply is very unlikely to fall very much, especially while bank credit growth continues to pick up. The only reason we were able to sustain 6% or 8% monetary growth for a very long time was because we could count on velocity to keep falling with interest rates. For example, if money growth is only 6% while the velocity of money increases by 5%, then nominal GDP will increase by 11%... and most of that will be in prices. I'm mentioning it now for a specific reason and that is that we will almost certainly see an uptick in pace in the second quarter when the GDP numbers come out in late July. That's because money supply growth has been very slow for the quarter so far. My best wild guess is that we'll end up with an annualized q/q growth rate of 0.5%. The Atlanta Fed's GDPNow model estimates Q2 GDP growth at 0.25% (the blue chip consensus is still at 3%). That's the CPI, so let's be generous and say 9%. Let's use the blue chip consensus for GDP and assume that M2 doesn't spike next month and the price level doesn't collapse. If that happened, the rise would be the largest quarterly rise in velocity of money -- excluding the reactionary Q3 2020 rebound after Q2 2020's 20% plunge -- since 1981. And here's the rub: Because of the math of declines and rallies would still be leaving us at a rate that would have been an all-time record low prior to 2020. Not if you believe the monetarism pros, who will say this is a mechanical adjustment that will soon be reversed as velocity continues its long trek to oblivion. Nor will the Fed mind, who at best will take notice of the fact before ignoring it as they are no longer monetarists. But for those who believe that inflation comes from too much money chasing too few goods?


QAnon's Q returns after 18 months of silence

The pro-Trump, dangerous and totally bogus conspiracy is back. (Author: Gardener)

QAnonQAnon — the far-right, pro-Donald Trump, bogus conspiracy theory that claims the former president found himself engaged in a secret war against a cabal of pedophile Satanists in Hollywood and the Democratic Party — seemed to have no direction after the mysterious figure named Q fell silent in December 2020. On Friday the account started posting again. The post, also referred to as a Q drop by QAnon believers, happened Friday night on 8kun, the anonymous image board formerly known as 8chan. QAnon researchers believe the person posing as Q this time around is either Ron Watkins, the former administrator of 8kun/8chan who is currently running for Congress in Arizona, or someone in league with Watkins. The researchers point to the site's use of a tripcode, a unique identifier on the image board linked to a specific account, as evidence. QAnon believers have put their faith in the Q hoax. It has already provoked real-world violence, with scores of Q supporters involved in the deadly attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. QAnon is an online conspiracy theory that claims Trump is waging a secret war against a deep state of Democratic elites and Hollywood stars who are pedophiles and Satan worshipers. The conspiracy theory dates back to October 2017, when an anonymous post on a message board said Hillary Clinton, Trump's Democratic rival for the White House in 2016, had extradition deals with several countries "in the event of a cross-border run." (The run still hasn't happened.) The person or group behind the post eventually became known as "Q," which is where the conspiracy theory's name came from. It's now folded into former President Barack Obama and billionaire philanthropist George Soros, both of whom are frequent subjects of online conspiracy theories alongside other well-known figures. QAnon believers tuned in to Biden’s inauguration, expecting a last-minute military takeover or a martial law order from Trump ahead of the noon handover. That obviously didn't happen and many followers took to various social media platforms like Gab and Telegram to share their confusion. The more prominent names within the movement continue to express their belief that something will change to remove Biden from office. 8kun, the anonymous message board that Q posts on, experienced a brief crash at the hands of one of the moderators, who deleted all content from his "Q Research" forum shortly after it opened. A few hours later, it returned to "normal" with posts from users continuing to believe and others mocking them. The nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute -- a nonprofit that researches the intersection of religion, culture, and public policy -- released a study in February that found nearly 16% of Americans believe in QAnon's core conspiracy. Aside from Q, we can't say for sure. Of course, more than one person has claimed to be Q, with one theory stating that the mysterious figure is a time traveler. (Even some QAnon adherents, who have proven to believe almost anything, think that's a little too crazy.) Paul Furber, a conspiracy theorist from Johannesburg, South Africa, has been identified as possibly the original Q-poster because of an appearance the he had a few months after first appearing on the InfoWars TV show hosted by Alex Jones. Appearing on the conspiracy-oriented program, which has a following among Trump supporters, was key in taking QAnon from online forums to a mainstream audience. Jim Watkins, the owner of the 8kun messageboard, is another person often speculated to be the mysterious figure because Q's posts were migrated to his site not long after they first appeared. Fredrick Brennan, who created 8chan, 8kun's predecessor, says the message board's authentication system, known as secure tripcodes, could prove who's using the handle. In the case of 8chan and 8kun, a secure tripcode is verified by the site's server and can identify a user via a specific number within a post, although the message boards allow users to remain anonymous. Jim Watkins has admin rights at 8kun and could use the Q-specific tripcode at any time. In the HBO documentary Q: Into the Storm, director Cullen Hoback claims that Ron Watkins, son of Jim Watkins and former administrator of 8chan/8kun, is the person behind Q the core people who ran 8chan in 2018, where Q started, to post messages. In his most recent interview with Ron Watkins, Hoback believes Watkins has disclosed a little too much. It was basically what I've done anonymously but never before as a Q," Ron Watkins said on the video call, before breaking into a huge grin. The last Q drop, before those released Friday, was on December 8, 2020 and consisted of a YouTube link to a pro-Trump video featuring the '80s heavy metal song "We're Not Gonna Take It." - Band Twisted Sister. Wing newscasts and spread conspiracy theories about the presidential election, while also tweeting misinformation similar to that of Q. Twitter suspended his account after the Jan. 6 riot Watkins filed papers last October to run for Congress as Arizona's representative . Since Furber appeared on InfoWars, Q followers have taken to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even TikTok in their attempts to decipher the mysterious messages, generating huge followers followers who refer to themselves as "Anons", are regulars at Trump rallies despite being turned away by security. A Yahoo News/YouGov poll released in October 2020 found that 50% of Trump supporters mistakenly believe top Democratic Party members are involved in elite child sex trafficking rings. A man accused of killing a New York crime boss in March 2019 identified himself as a follower and appeared in court with the letter Q on the palm of his hand. His attorney said he was intrigued by QAnon and other far-right conspiracy theories, and he was later found unfit to stand trial. Several women posing as Q followers have been charged with kidnapping their own children because they believe they are saving the youth from human trafficking. In August 2021, a man who killed his two children claimed he was a Q believer. The Jan. 6 Capitol riot put QAnon back in the spotlight with the death of Ashli ​​Babbitt, a 14-year-old Air Force veteran who had posted on social media about her belief in the conspiracy theory. Babbitt was in Washington as part of the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol while Congress was counting the votes, and she died after being shot by law enforcement near the barricaded Speakers' Lobby door. Four other people died during the riots, including a Capitol police officer. According to a February 21, 2021 60 Minutes report, about one in 10 arrestees had a connection to QAnon. Concern about QAnon has grown so much that in 2019 the FBI declared the movement posed a domestic terrorist threat. and the "level of civil unrest" following the election, as The Intercept reported last January. The National Counterterrorism Center, Justice Department and Homeland Security Department sent a bulletin to law enforcement warning of domestic violent extremists who participated in the January 6 riot and were QAnon believers. Despite this, the popularity and influence of the conspiracy theory continues to grow. Dozens of self-proclaimed QAnon believers ran for office in 2020. Both women posted QAnon content on their social media accounts prior to taking office. More Q believers will be running for office in the midterm elections this year. Like many fringe ideologies, QAnon spreads fastest on social media. The platforms YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok have all played important roles in growing the number of QAnon followers. Social media companies are aware of this and have started to take action. In August 2020, Facebook removed or demoted thousands of QAnon groups and pages after an internal investigation found they violated its policies. The company also removed thousands of QAnon accounts from its photo-based social network, Instagram. Facebook stepped up its response on October 6, 2020, saying it would remove all Facebook pages, groups, and Instagram accounts representing QAnon. Facebook said it had removed 3,300 pages, 10,500 groups, 510 events, 18,300 profiles, and 27,300 Instagram accounts as of Jan. 12 for violating its policies on QAnon. Twitter began cracking down on QAnon accounts in July 2020. It removed thousands of accounts that had tweeted about the movement, although some have since been relaunched under different names. That same month, TikTok began banning QAnon-related hashtags, making videos on the platform harder to find. And YouTube said moderation policies introduced in early 2020 reduced views of QAnon videos by 70%. The video platform stepped up enforcement of its policies when it began banning conspiracy theory videos on October 15, 2020. A group of blocked users filed a complaint against YouTube and its parent company Google on October 26, 2020. A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California alleges that the video platform is in breach of contract and violates the First's freedom of speech guarantee Supplement violates. A spokesman for YouTube said in an emailed statement that the company's policies are regularly updated to address new challenges, such as harmful conspiracy theories that have been used to justify real-world violence. Reddit has also taken steps to curb the reach of QAnon posts and subreddits. LinkedIn, the social media platform focused on professional networking, is no stranger to QAnon. Users began posting misinformation and stuffing their profiles with QAnon slogans, leading to a crackdown on the site. Pinterest began cracking down on QAnon content in August 2018. A spokesman for the company said it has also disabled search results for anything related to the conspiracy theory. Triller is a TikTok alternative that's growing in popularity and has started banning QAnon-related videos. "In light of the FBI's recent inclusion of QAnon on its list of terrorist activities, we have initiated a ban on QAnon content," company CEO Mike Lu said in an emailed statement. "We're a platform that believes in freedom of speech, free speech, open discussion, and freedom of expression, but when the government identifies something as a terrorist threat, we need to take action to protect our community." According to a Business Insider report dated March 7, In October 2020, e-commerce site Etsy cracked down on QAnon. The company says it will remove all goods related to the fringe movement. Even fitness tech company Peloton intervened when customers started using QAnon-related hashtags, according to a Business Insider report. We actively moderate our channels and remove anything that violates our policy or does not reflect our company's values ​​of inclusivity and unity or maintain a respectful environment," a Peloton spokesperson told CNET in an email. The QAnon hashtags have since been removed from the platform. The crowdfunding platform Patreon, while not a social media company, has been important to some of QAnon's more prominent members. The company said it is taking action against creators who are spreading the conspiracy theory by shutting down their accounts. Are you sure you want to know? “The core belief is that Trump is working to remove satanic criminals from government, the Democratic Party and Hollywood. Supporters believe notable members of the Democratic Party and Hollywood elite run pedophile rings. QAnon blends into a host of other popular conspiracy theories including Flat Earth and Anti-Vax Believers have been at the forefront of misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic Their wild and unfounded beliefs: The Chinese government created the virus, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates will take advantage of the pandemic, to microchip Americans, and the pandemic is a hoax designed to wreck Trump's re-election.


Dozens accused a detective of forgery and abuse. Many housings he built remain intact.

This is part 2 of Losing Conviction, a series about homicide investigations in Philadelphia. While Morkea Spellman waited impatiently in the lobby of the Philadelphia Police Headquarters, two homicide detectives came down the stairs to escort them to the door. They told her she might as well go. (Author: Gardener)

DozensJust this month, a man was acquitted of murder, a decade after he first claimed Pitts and his partner Ohmarr Jenkins coerced his confession during a long and violent interrogation. Still, dozens of convictions riddled with similar allegations about Pitts remain intact. An internal affairs investigation that is at least two years old has led to no public action. Philadelphia prosecutors have expressed concerns but have not committed to a full review of Pitts' cases. As of 2019, Pitts was assigned to the Delaware Valley Information Center, a counterterrorism center, but remains employed with the Philadelphia Police Department. In an interview, Pitts attributed the allegations to personal vendettas, the DA's office anti-police agenda, and the respective desperate desire of the defendants to evade justice and the witnesses to avoid treason. He added that he has never been faced with him by the police commission of inquiry, which makes disciplinary findings on ongoing complaints about internal affairs. “Since I found Homicide, this has been the narrative. A black man can't have a conversation with someone without being physically abused?†Pitts said that any claim that he had hit anyone or laid hands on someone was a lie, noting that he had never told one I've seen medical records that prove otherwise. „I must be a bloody ninja if I keep beating people up and bruising them. Still, a small group of attorneys have argued, with mixed success, that he had a longstanding "pattern and practice" of coercive tactics that were unduly concealed from the defense. One, Teri Himebaugh, who created a website called the Police Transparency Project based in part on that research, said she first stalked him after a client of hers claimed that Pitts and two other detectives had stalked him and with one against a wall pressed unmarked police car. In 2017, Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Teresa Sarmina agreed to vacate a murder conviction based on that pattern. After 10 people testified to such allegations, Sarmina wrote in her opinion: "Pitts continually and systematically employs a specific set of abusive tactics designed to overcome an interrogator's resistance and force him or her to sign a statement." Since then Patricia Cummings, head of the prosecutor's Conviction Integrity Unit, said she advised her colleagues in other units to "at a minimum establish that Pitts enters into a pattern and a practice, and then let the defense prove the connection to a particular case." As a result of her guidance, the Bureau made such a determination in the case of a man who was 15 when he signed a murder confession after three days in homicide, including an interrogation by Pitts. But at a hearing in that case, two homicide detectives said they never saw Pitts hit or threaten anyone. Pitts' supervisor also said he had received no complaints. Richard Sax, a former homicide prosecutor who worked with Pitts, agreed, "I've never seen anything like it. This man was accused of executing a witness who went to the store to buy his mother a bag of sugar. But he said Pitts choked, hit and threatened him until he signed a confession and said he shot the man out of fear. "It was absurd because [the victim] got shot in the back of the head and the candy bag was still there," Sax said. "Jimmy Pitts didn't have to think of anything in this case. What India Spellman remembers the day the police came to take her from her grandparents' house in handcuffs was the confusion. She attended 11th grade at Martin Luther King High School, despite struggling with reading, and was a point guard with college basketball aspirations. According to Spellman, that's exactly what she was doing when the crime series unfolded. Her father and grandfather, a retired police officer, said they were with her the entire time. A friend also confirmed that she had a 25-minute phone conversation with Spellman at the time of the shooting. And their cellphone records, filed in court, agree with these claims. But at the Police Headquarters, she said Glenn called her a liar. "I was only 17 at the time, so I started crying and kept asking about my dad," she said. Then, she said, he left and Pitts came in, yelled at her, and demanded a confession from her. "He punched me in the mouth," she said. He showed her a statement from a 14-year-old boy, from Combs, who accused her of plotting the murder. Spellman doesn't remember how long the interrogation lasted. It ended when Pitts put some papers down for her. 'He told me if you sign this paper you can go home,' she said. She complied and asked Pitts to read her what was on the paper. She said he refused. Pitts said in a recent interview that he never touched her, never made up a statement, and never threatened, verbally abused, or abused anyone. He screamed, "Looked people in the face," he testified. But most of all, he said, he listens for lies and inconsistencies, flaws in the story that could lead to rifts. However, he sometimes showed a temper in testimonies and trials - accusing lawyers of yelling, making things up or waving an arm too aggressively near him. In a tense statement, he refused to reveal even his basic biographical facts, such as where he attended high school. "Your client is a murderer and I give him nothing to contradict him," Pitts told Nafis Pinkney's civil attorney, who was acquitted of a double homicide and is suing the city. (Another man had already confessed to the murders and is awaiting trial. Pitts testified that he studied under Widener for a year and a half, majoring in hotel management, then accounting. During that time, there was no formal training in investigating crimes or interrogating suspects," he said Like other detectives, he testified, he sometimes conducted lengthy "informal," unrecorded interrogations that could last for hours or days. Only at the end, he said, would it be recorded in a final written statement "It's happened that I've interviewed people and they've said things and they just won't end up giving a written interview," he said, "there are [other] times people sign what they say — and come into the courtroom and make a million accusations." , and the case doesn't even revolve around what she claims to have said “I enjoyed the feeling that I got it right†sa he said. “I enjoyed interacting with the victims when there were deals, and even when there were no deals, just being able to have conversations about life in general. Some on the other end of these interviews had a different perspective. Donyea Phillips, who was 16 when he was arrested with his cousin for shooting at police during a raid on a drug store, said Pitts used a variety of intimidation tactics for over 24 hours without sleeping or eating, with Except for a cheese steak that officers said he had spat inside. „He put his knee on my knee and put his hand on my neck and he growled,“ said Phillips. He was handcuffed to a chair for hours, he said, while Pitts hit him with a leather tie and yelled in his ear. "I was like, 'Oh man, they're going to kill me in there. Phillips claims he's innocent, but he ended up signing a confession. His cousin signed a statement implying Phillips had also resigned. At the time, Phillips said, however, he felt he had to plead guilty and was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison. Witnesses -- including suspects' friends and elderly relatives, as well as bystanders -- have described similar encounters with Pitts. One man, Andre Cunningham, described being held in a homicide interrogation room for 18 hours because police believed he had witnessed the 2011 murder of Dwayne Isaacs, 48, in a council housing complex. At one point, he said, he laid his head on the table and fell asleep — but was woken up when Pitts slammed a stack of phone books next to his head. "He grabbed me and choked me and said I will give him the information he needs to close his case," he said. In the end, he claimed, detectives fabricated a statement accusing Christopher Goodwin - a man Cunningham says he knew was innocent because he saw Goodwin sitting nearby when the shots were fired became. "When I left there the next day, my shirt was torn down the middle," Cunningham said. "As a black man, you have to know and expect every time you go down there that they'll put their hands on you." Cunningham and another witness who signed a statement both recanted in court, saying they were forced became. Pitts' name does not appear in Cunningham's interview transcript. That's typical, according to witnesses and defendants who describe several detectives who've gone through lengthy, untaped interrogations. Many could recognize Pitts by his distinctive appearance, including a large scar on his neck. In court filings, affidavits, Internal Affairs records and interviews, at least 31 people have accused Pitt of physical abuse. At least 25 said he or a partner pressured them into signing forged statements. Dozens have accused the investigation of threats, isolation or verbal abuse. According to Pitts, Shawn Combs, Von's mother, was the first person to implicate India Spellman and Von Combs in the murders. Police were called to her home after they were heard screaming hysterically that "the road got him". Mother and son were taken to Homicide in separate police cars. Once there, Von signed a confession. After that, according to newspaper reports, he became the star witness against Spellman, smiling and laughing as he testified. Through his mother, Von declined an interview request. At trial he described Spellman as the mastermind and shooter. "She said, 'I want to rob this lady,'" he testified. "I looked at her like she was crazy." "Are you lying now or then?" Under PA Rules, many are convicted of revocable testimonies. After Spellman was tried as an adult and found guilty, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Lipscomb sought a life sentence of 40 years. "I think the word meaningless is overused," the prosecutor said of Greaves' murder. As for Von Combs, his case was decided in juvenile court. The sentence: two years in a secure detention facility. Like Spellman, Combs appealed, saying detectives improperly extorted his confession. He argued that he had not been given an opportunity to consult privately with his mother and that in any case she was "hysterical", unable to consent on his behalf and a "pawn" of the police, who urged him to confess. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld the detectives' reports that the testimony was voluntary and accurate. The problems in assessing allegations of misconduct in such cases are numerous. For one thing, it's the detective's word against people who judges and juries don't want to believe for a variety of reasons: They have criminal records. Some, like Combs, received favorable sentences. Others, Pitts and many others, have accused detectives of fabricating their statements because they feared being labeled informers. One man, Cornell Drummond, was jailed on federal drug and weapons charges when he made false statements about two murders, he later said. He also identified then-teens Tyrik Perez and Khaleef Mumin in a shootout that left Drummond paralyzed. As of 2018, Drummond sought to recant, charging Pitts in one count of collusion. Drummond said he lied in return for a light sentence in an unrelated case - and to get revenge on old insults. “Det. Pitts told me what details I should talk about," he said in an affidavit for one of the men, Donte "Tae" Hill, "such as what type of gun, the time of day, and the color of the car Tae had should drive. … Detective Pitts said he has already charged Tae, we just need more evidence, like words from him. Detective Pitts asked me to say that Tae told me he emptied the entire clip.” Pitts said in an interview that he never had anything to do with Drummond. So far, judges have declined to overturn convictions based on Drummond's new testimony. The streets are the streets,' he said. “I was trying to get the s… right—and when I tried to do that, the police were on me, the DA, it got really freaky.†He still has years to go on parole. His mother, Derrell Hawkins, worries for his safety in prison, where she said he was recently stabbed. I felt like I was in prison with him," she said. "I keep telling Tyrik, 'Be patient.' But I've been saying that for eleven years." Spellman is now 27, an inmate at Cambridge Springs State Correctional Institution, about as far from Philadelphia as you can get get and still be in Pennsylvania. Before the pandemic canceled visits, her family queued at 1 a.m. for the Pennsylvania Prison Society bus, a trip that takes 24 hours round-trip. She learned to read and write in prison, earned her high school diploma, and began attending college courses. Her family hired Todd Mosser, one of the few attorneys who specialized in difficult cases Pitts worked on. “A lot of us are convinced that Pitts isn't the only one. The real problem is that there are these complaints about internal matters against him and nothing is being done about it," he said. In court filings, Mosser argued that the pattern of alleged wrongdoing in Spellman's case should be enough to raise serious questions about a case based on two shaky witness identifications and the conflicting testimonies of the two minors. In addition to Spellman's two alibi witnesses and their exculpatory cell phone records, her attorney's files contain the original, conflicting eyewitness testimony. The first victim of a staged robbery, Shirley Phillips, had described the perpetrators as a black teenager with a teardrop tattoo under his right eye and a black woman, aged 25 to 30, 5ft 6, weighing about 180 pounds, "heavy ' and 'dressed all in black Muslim clothing'. "She wore a Muslim head covering" that revealed only her eyes. Spellman was a thin, fair-skinned 17-year-old girl who weighed about 115 pounds. Despite this, both Phillips and Mathis identified her in court. "I'll never forget those eyes," Phillips said. Phillips, who worked as a domestic help, died in 2017. Her daughter Nyshema said Phillips was deeply traumatized by the attack. "She was confident in the conviction, but they were young, so she was still [conflicted] about it. But they beat her down and took her belongings and then they shot the man right after. It put my mom into a big depression and she was in pain," she said. The other witness, Kathy Mathis, had called the DA's office and left a message, which someone transcribed as follows: "I've never seen faces. I didn't see the face.” That document was not disclosed to Spellman's attorney prior to her trial, Mosser's filing shows. Lipscomb, the prosecutor, did not respond to a request for an interview. Mathis recently confirmed to a defense investigator that India did not resemble the shooter, looking younger, thinner and lighter-skinned. Mathis said she was only able to identify Spellman in court because the prosecutor "told me where she would sit." At the same time, Mathis told The Inquirer, she was convinced of the verdict. “I have a feeling you have the right person,†she said. But after Spellman's December 2020 filing, the prosecutor's office did not object to her request for a hearing. It has given her some hope that she might get a new trial. If released, she said she wants to stand up for the women she met in prison, many of whom were victims of abuse before eventually killing their abusers and being sentenced to life in prison. "I pray to be home one day," she said. „I only pray that everyone just tells the truth about everything.“


Love Island's Ekin-Su is torn between Davide, Jay and Charlie over getting back together

The 27-year-old Turkish soap star is currently in a romantic relationship with three other islanders - Davide Sanclimenti, Jay Younger and Charlie Radnedge. (Author: Gardener)

Love Island'sEkin-Su Cülcüloğlu will hold all the power on Wednesday's episode of Love Island when the girls decide who to hook up with again. The 27-year-old Turkish soap star is currently in a romantic relationship with three other islanders - Davide Sanclimenti, Jay Younger and Charlie Radnedge. In a preview for Wednesday's show, Ekin-Su received a text revealing there would be a reconnect that night. While Jay said to Charlie, 'Tonight it's really up to Ekin.' But Ekin-Su was heard saying, "I don't know, I just don't know." The star is currently linked to Charlie, who chose her at the last relinking ceremony. However, the actress recently revealed there is still "chemistry" between her and former flame Davide in Monday night's episode. ITV2 viewers saw Dami quizzing Hope Ekin-Su in the kitchen about her two former partners Jay and Davide. She admitted: "I'll be honest with you, I don't know what it is, but there's a kind of chemistry with Davide. Dami replied: "Then you probably had better chemistry with Davide, right? Ekin-Su admitted it was "too soon" for Davide to give her the little things she wanted, like a morning coffee, and that it was "too late now" to go back. She agreed, "The things Davide never did because it was too soon. After a heated argument between Davide and Ekin-Su, they quit when he confessed to "being afraid of being hurt by a woman like you". Davide tricked Ekin-Su into admitting her secret date with Jay, 28, sending fans into hysterics as they crawled through the mansion for the secret meeting. Then he came to Ekin-Su and said: "You weren't on the terrace, were you? He continued: "That's why I haven't opened up because I'm scared of being hurt by a woman like you. Davide claimed that Ekin-Su would get "an Oscar" for her performance and briefly told Jay "good luck bro". But then Ekin-Su was seen telling Paige and Gemma, "Jay walks in here and I felt great, I'm leaving with my feelings, end of ... yeah, I kissed him [Jay], so what? He hasn't told [Davide] that I'm his girlfriend, technically it's not cheating. She added: "He's acting like he cares now. Ekin-Su continued her defense, adding, "Did I hurt your ego? I'm telling you that you're a liar... You don't care about me.' "Well, I don't care about you," Davide replied heatedly. He concluded by claiming that he no longer cares about Ekin-Su because he came to the mansion to find something "real". Then he yelled, "You're a liar, actress, go to hell." Following an explosive end to her brief flirtation with Davide, fiery fan favorite Jay joined them. A lovesick Ekin-Su was then seen confessing everything in the beach shack as she admitted: "I've caught feelings I'm screwed help." But investment analyst Jay recently announced that he wants to meet Paige Thorne, which infuriated Ekin-Su and ended their short-lived romance. In a heated conversation, she said, "It just occurred to me what you've done, you're telling me now that you want to meet Paige when she's in a secure relationship. "Apparently I was a gamer in here, but the biggest gamer in here is you. You deserve an Oscar for that, the biggest Oscar." So you should just walk away from Jay!' But on Sunday night's episode, Davide and Ekin-Su couldn't stop smiling as they started joking around, before telling viewers she has something "special" with him at the beach hut - although the pair acrimoniously split after she had kissed Jay. Davide said, "Sometimes I laugh with you, I like to take your breath out," making them both giggle. Ekin-Su then told Davide, "Yeah, I don't come to you to... Later in the beach hut, Ekin-Su revealed, "We talk as friends, but there's something, I don't know what it is, there's always something very special with Davide that I can't have with anyone else here.'


The Love Island Challenge creates a commotion and leaves Luca, Tasha and Paige upset

Luca, Indiyah, Paige and Tasha were upset after failing to get their partners heart rate up in the lap dance challenge. (Author: Gardener)

PaigeLove Island's heart rate challenge has left half the Villa upset after pulses were racing for some by the wrong people. Luca Bish, Tasha Ghouri, Paige Thorne and Indiyah Polack were among the contestants who were upset after people they were dating got hearts raised by various contestants. Jacques O'Neill and Gemma Owen's heart rates were being beaten by each other - which understandably upset Lucas and Paige's noses, considering Gemma and Jacques are ex-boyfriends from before the show. Admitting to Gemma that she took Jacques' result personally, Paige explained, "I'm not going to lie, I kind of just did a little bit because you guys have history and I can't keep up with that." She later added : "The guy I'm supposed to meet is still into his ex. I'm done. I know it's a game, I understand it's a game, but there's truth behind it. He could have fallen in love with any other girl, he could have fallen in love with Tasha, Danica, anyone, I don't care, but an ex? The pair later had an awkward chat over the heart rate monitor results, with Jacques saying his night was ruined by the girls' "melting". After Paige confronted him, Jacques raged, "Oh fuck off, mate, if you're serious... because you're just being pathetic. I don't see how you can have a problem with that, mate." Jacques then admitted, "Ok, if I'm honest, if I'm honest, maybe because we've experienced something like this before it brought a flashback. And that's the honest reason why I thought it might have been Gemma." Luca was just as upset that Jacques had Gemma's heart rate increase, explaining, "The girls whose hearts I made racing, Ekin-Su and Paige? It just makes me feel like I'm into her more than she's into me, you know what I mean, which I'm thinking more and more. "I'll be honest, I don't like to see her and Jacques talking and stuff, it's not nice." Indiyah and Tasha were also upset after their partners didn't get their hearts pumping for their dances, with Tasha admitting, "In In my head i'm like i'm so damn worthy, i'm sexy, i'm hot and it just feels like shit hearing the guy i've shared a bed with for three weeks straight... i knew my heart raced for him. MORE: Love Island's Luca Bish ready to declare his love to Gemma Owen as she gets his pulse racing with steamy lap dance while dad Michael Owen can't watch