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Archive for November 8th, 2019

Former AG Jeff Sessions Running for His Old U.S. Senate Seat in Alabama

Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that he is running for his old U.S. Senate seat in Alabama.

“Our freedoms have never been under attack like they are today. We have major party candidates for President campaigning on socialism, confiscating firearms, and closing down churches they disagree with,” Sessions said in a news release. “I’ve battled these forces my entire life, and I’m not about to surrender now. Let’s go!”

Sessions lauded President Trump in a video accompanying the announcement, saying Trump is “doing a good job for America and Alabama.”

Sessions stepped down from the Senate seat after he was appointed Trump’s first attorney general in 2017. The relationship quickly soured after Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation.

Sessions joined a crowded field of Republicans running against incumbent Democrat Doug Jones, who won in an upset over GOP candidate Roy Moore in 2017.

White Restaurant Owner Who Enslaved a Disabled Black Man Gets 10 Years in Prison

Bobby Paul Edwards

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A white restaurant manager who forced a disabled black man to work more than 100 hours a week without pay has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Bobby Paul Edwards, 54, beat, burned and hurled racist slurs at John Christopher Smith to make him work harder at a small diner in Conway, South Carolina, the Justice Department said.

“This abusive enslavement of a vulnerable person is shocking,” Jody Norris, FBI special agent in charge of the Columbia Division, said in a statement. “The FBI is always vigilantly searching for these offenses and stands ready to bring perpetrators to justice and help victims reclaim their lives. We understand human trafficking takes many forms and we encourage anyone with information related to these crimes to contact the FBI.”

Edwards used his belt, fists, pots and pans to beat Smith, federal prosecutors said. In one instance, Edwards burned Smith’s neck with metal tongs dipped in hot grease.

The abuse occurred between 2009 and 2014, when Edwards was the manager. State authorities rescued Smith after receiving a tip about the abuse.

The FBI led the investigation.

Edwards pleaded guilty to forced labor on June 4.

“It is almost inconceivable that instances of forced labor endure in this country to this day – a century and a half after the Emancipation Proclamation,” Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division said. “The Department of Justice will continue to investigate, prosecute, and convict human traffickers involved in forced labor, seeking justice on behalf of their victims.”