Yesterday, presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke claimed that one Texas lawmaker’s now-deleted tweet represented a death threat. The state representative’s name is Briscoe Cain of House District 128. O’Rourke, hoping to gather support for proposed gun control measures, also stated that this kind of statement showed that Cain shouldn’t own an AR-15—and neither should anyone else.” Afterward, many of Beto’s followers took it upon themselves to file a complaint with the Texas State Bar. The Bar could take action that may impact Cain’s ability to practice law in the state. As of the time of publishing, no such actions have yet occurred.
In Ohio Friday, 20-year-old Brooke “Skylar” Richardson faced sentencing for the charge of abuse of a corpse. She had given a stillborn birth to her daughter, Annabelle, in her home two years prior. The sentencing for Ohio v Richardson commenced at 11:00 AM EDT. Yesterday, a jury found Skylar not guilty of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, and endangering children. However, they did find her guilty of abuse of a corpse. As such, she faced up to a year in prison.
On Wednesday, President Trump announced a desire to ban flavored e-cigarette products nationwide. The move comes after six people have died after using vapes or other e-cigarette products. To put that in perspective, nine million adults vape regularly; tens of millions more adults and teens have tried vaping at least once. In particular, Juul is facing backlash due to its heavy nicotine concentration. But what does the science say about vaping?
UPDATE [3:53 EDT]:
After 4 hours, the Jury has reached a verdict in the case of Skylar Richardson. She is being charged with aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, endangering children, and abuse of a corpse. On the count of Aggravated murder, the jury finds her not guilty. On the count of involuntary manslaughter, the jury finds her not guilty. On the count of endangering a child, the jury finds her not guilty. On the count of abuse of a corpse, the just finds her guilty. Richardson was handcuffed and lead out of the courtroom to await sentencing tomorrow. Ohio code 2927.01 states the following:
Reporter Sam Stein claims on Twitter to have had a phone conversation with presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s campaign manager. Stein claims that the manager told him “Yang will be doing something no presidential candidate has ever done before in history.” Neither Stein nor the Yang campaign have given further details. The tweet has left many in awe of Yang’s plans for tomorrow’s debate. Andrew Yang will be on stage with nine other candidates also competing for the limelight.