Author: Othman Mekhloufi

Othman John Mekhloufi is a writer for 71 Republic, and is currently in his sophomore year of High School. He is an active member of his local Libertarian Party, and his school’s debate team. Othman is also invested in his private debate academy which participates in many debate tournaments. He heavily believes in the enactment of small government, free markets, and protection of natural liberties. Not only this, but Othman holds a great love for his country, the United States of America. He can be reached on his social media; Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @othmanmekhloufi

Supreme Court Upholds Precedent Allowing Double Jeopardy

Othman J. Mekhloufi | @othmanmekhloufi

On the morning of Monday, June 17th, the Supreme Court of the United States reached a decision— in the case Gamble v. United States — that allows an individual to be charged and tried in state and federal court for the same crime, citing that state and federal governments are “separate sovereigns”. The ruling was reached 7-2 with only Justices Neil Gorsuch and Ruth Bader Ginsburg in dissent. Essentially, an individual may be tried twice for the same crime, a legal proceeding deemed “Double Jeopardy”.

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Federal Prosecutor Admits to Marijuana Use, Faces No Charges

Othman J. Mekhloufi | @othmanmekhloufi

According to an investigative summary report released on May 30th by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) admitted to “possessing, transporting, and consuming” marijuana edibles for medical use to alleviate back pain, in August or September of 2016.

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U.S. Soldiers Kill Afghan Civilians for Sport, Collect Fingers as ‘Trophies’

Othman Mekhloufi | @othmanmekhloufi

In 2010, twelve U.S. soldiers were accused of deliberately killing Afghan civilians for sport and collecting their fingers as trophies. They, along with a Staff Sergeant, composed a secret “kill team”. The soldiers allegedly killed the civilians at random by blowing them up and/or shooting at them. These attacks occurred various times throughout the year, The Guardian reported.

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Roughly 180 Killed in Haftar’s Assault on Tripoli

Othman Mekhloufi | @othmanmekhloufi

At least four civilians were killed when the Libyan National Army attacked the Libyan capital of Tripoli, resulting in a total of 180 fatalities. Of the civilians killed, most were women and an additional 17 were wounded.

The initial assault on the city, lasting two weeks and still ongoing, has left over 800 people wounded. The assault is being led by the head of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.

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Man Sentenced to Prison for Rape With No Hard Evidence

Othman Mekhloufi | @othmanmekhloufi

On January 10th, 2019, a mostly female jury found Albert N. Wilson, a 23-year-old University of Kansas student, guilty of raping a woman he met at a nightclub near campus.

Douglas County District Judge Sally Pokorny sentenced him to 147 months (over twelve years) in prison.

On the night of September 10th, 2016, Mr. Wilson met his accuser at The Jayhawk Cafe nightclub, known as the Hawk. They were in line to get into the ‘Boom Boom Room’, a dark and crowded dance floor in the basement of the club.

At the time, Mr. Wilson was 20 years of age and used a friend’s ID to enter the nightclub. The accuser, a then 17-year old high school student, was not asked for identification by the club at all.

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