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Paraders Thought They Heard Gunshots, Panicked

June 9, 2019 |

A panic caused by a mistaken belief that a gun had been fired during a pride parade in the nation’s capital sent people running through the city’s streets, reports the AP . Police said some who fled had minor injuries and seven were taken to hospitals. “As the officers were going…
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Judges Toss West Point Rape Conviction: No One Heard Her Struggle

June 8, 2019 |

Judges Toss West Point Rape Conviction: No One Heard Her StruggleREUTERS/Mike SegarA cadet who was sentenced to 21 years in prison for raping a sleeping classmate has reportedly returned to the school after three military judges overturned his conviction.Jacob Whisenhunt was in the class of 2019 when he allegedly attacked a female cadet in her sleeping bag during Cadet Field Training at Camp Buckner on July 7, 2016. The Nebraska native was convicted in May 2017 by a jury of six West Point staff and faculty. A spokesman for the U.S. Military Academy confirmed Whisenhunt’s return on Wednesday to the Associated Press. On Monday, a panel of three U.S. military judges ruled that the intercourse could not be considered rape beyond a reasonable doubt because there were so many squad mates in “close proximity” and the victim did not make any noise or audibly struggle hard enough, “which would have alerted multiple others” to the alleged rape. The judges’ ruling was first reported on Wednesday by the Military Times.“It is hard to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that [Whisenhunt] could complete the charged offenses without cooperation or detection,” the panel wrote. “There is no evidence that appellant threatened [the victim] or took any steps, such as covering her mouth, to prevent an outcry.”Cadet Run Out of West Point After Accusing Army’s Star Quarterback of RapeThe judges also wrote that their belief was supported by the fact that Whisenhunt didn’t try to hide his identity and then left his semen on the woman’s sleeping bag. “There is no evidence that he tried to remove this evidence,” the panel said. The judges said they did not believe Whisenhunt would have so brazenly attacked a female cadet without hiding his identity or removing the evidence.“To be convinced of appellant’s guilt, we would have to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that the sexual acts could plausibly occur (and would not be discovered) without active cooperation from both parties,” the judges wrote.During the trial, according to the Army Times, the woman said she froze when she awoke to find Whisenhunt penetrating her with his finger and then with his penis—and that she “remained frozen in the fetal position during the entire assault.”Whisenhunt, meanwhile, reportedly testified that the sex was the result of “escalating and consensual touchings.”At the time of Whisenhunt’s conviction, West Point spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker said the 21-year sentence “reflects the seriousness of the crimes of sexual assault and rape.”Retired Air Force Col. Don Christensen, who serves as the president of advocacy group Protect Our Defenders, which aims to give a voice to survivors of sexual assault, noted that the judges’ ruling sets a legal precedent within the Army and called the written opinion “victim-blaming.” Christensen said he believes the case will negatively affect the rate of survivors coming forward.“There are so few convictions in the first place in the military,” he added. “Last year there were 108 convictions for sexual assault or rape in the military out of over 6,000 reports. So it’s really disheartening to see a conviction overturned on the whim of judges who weren’t even there for the trial.”“These judges are out of touch and see themselves as the last bastion against political correctness, versus looking at the legal issues,” he continued. “It’s becoming more common for the service courts to overturn these cases on factual sufficiencies.” “Most civilian courts do not have this authority, and that’s for a reason,” Christensen added.Incidents of sexual assault and unwanted sexual contact at American military academies have increased by 47 percent since 2016, the Pentagon announced in January.Most of those allegations came from West Point, which saw an increase in sexual-assault reports for the fourth year in a row, according to the report. There were 50 cases reported in the 2017-2018 school year, compared with 26 complaints made during the 2015-2016 school year.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Before She Beat Holzhauer, She Had Never Heard of Him

June 4, 2019 |

For weeks, Americans have been wondering if anybody could beat seemingly unstoppable Jeopardy! juggernaut James Holzhauer. But the show is recorded months in advance and when she walked into the studio in mid-March, Emma Boettcher, the 27-year-old University of Chicago librarian who defeated Holzhauer in the game that aired Monday…
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They Heard Faint Cries. In the 75-Foot Ravine: an Infant

May 11, 2019 |

Little Shaylie Madden is lucky to be alive. Thanks to an alert couple in North Carolina, the 7-week-old is doing OK after she was found Thursday evening lying next to her car seat at the bottom of a 75-foot ravine outside of Chimney Rock—and her mother has now been…
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No One Could Find Missing Hiker. Then They Heard Barking

April 29, 2019 |

A Washington state hiker went missing Thursday and might have stayed that way if not for his loyal dog, CNN reports. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept. says it went looking for a 64-year-old man after his wife reported him missing from their Eatonville-area home. “The missing man reportedly often went…
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You’ve Probably Never Heard a Golfer Talk Quite Like This

April 12, 2019 |

Golfer Bryson DeChambeau is off to a strong start at this week’s Masters, which probably isn’t a surprise to those following the 25-year-old’s fast ascent up the world rankings. He’s currently ranked sixth, and DeChambeau’s unusual approach to the game is drawing lots of attention. Tiger Woods calls him a…
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You May Never Have Heard of Ski Slopes’ ‘Silent Killer’

March 22, 2019 |

You know that trees can be deadly for skiers and snowboarders if they lose control and slam into the trunk. But what you may not know is that the innocent-looking depression in the snow that appears around the base of a tree after a lot of snow falls is, in…
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Nigeria elections: Explosions heard hours before presidential vote

February 23, 2019 |

Multiple bomb blasts rocked the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri just hours before presidential polls opened Saturday.
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Horrific Testimony Heard in Case of Missing Mom

February 20, 2019 |

Colorado man Patrick Frazee was ordered to stand trial for the murder of fiancee Kelsey Berreth Tuesday after gruesome testimony was delivered a at court hearing. Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent Gregg Slater testified that former nurse Krystal Jean Lee Kenney, who had been having an affair with Frazee, said…
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He Was Delivering a Package. Then He Heard a Dog ‘Going Crazy’

January 18, 2019 |

UPS doesn’t use its “what can brown do for you” slogan anymore, but that didn’t stop a Montana driver from answering that call with a heartwarming (but body-freezing) rescue. Ryan Arens tells the Great Falls Tribune that he was delivering packages around the holidays when he heard what sounded like…
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