Bronx Cop Convicted of Raping 13-Year-Old Only Gets 3 Years
Today's edition of The Daily Blunt
Hi, how you doin’? Keeping warm? After a long day of serving you hot content, it’s time for a fat blunt.
Welcome to Mass Appeal’s newest feature, The Daily Blunt. This is where we recap all that other stuff that’s happened in the super fast-forward news cycle in which we all currently exist. We use this space to roll up all of today’s news that we were unable to cover in full, but that’s important enough that you should be inhaling deeply.
• Vladimir Krull, a 39-year-old former NYPD sergeant, was convicted of second-degree rape and other related charges. The target of his sexual abuse was the teenage daughter of his girlfriend. According to prosecutors, he “used his influence as a trusting companion and father figure to manipulate her into a sexual relationship.” The prosecutors were pushing for the maximum 15 years sentence, but Lester B. Adler, the acting Bronx Supreme Court justice, chose otherwise. For the convictions of two counts of rape, two counts of committing a criminal sexual act, three counts of sexual abuse and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, Judge Adler thought the best punishment would be just three years. –The New York Times
• Paul Ryan was secretly recorded in an October conference call with Republican lawmakers in which the House Speaker talked a lot of shit about the current president, Donald Trump. The publication that made the audio public, however, was Breitbart, the far right-leaning outlet that was once run by Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist. Considering that Trump has publicly supported Ryan’s new (demented) health care plan, the release begs the question, why now? You can read about the story over on Politico, but if you want to hear Ryan say, “I am not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future,” you’re going to have to go to Breitbart. –Politico
• There’s been a huge scandal brewing in the Navy surrounding some high ranking officers–one being an admiral–in a bribery case involving a Singapore-based defense contractor. The officers were caught accepting fancy gifts ($2000 boxes of Cohiba cigars, $2000 bottles of cognac), prostitutes and $600-a-night hotel rooms. The Justice Department announced today that the officers would charged with corruption and other crimes. –The Washington Post
• The United States is estimated to contain more guns than people, and we have one of the highest homicide rates in the world. Those facts are not stoping GOP lawmakers from trying to sneak in a bit of legislation that would ease restrictions on silencers. As you would so clearly expect, the bill is tucked away deep inside the Hearing Protection Act. –The Huffington Post
• Oh boy. Our fresh-faced, Trump-appointed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said today that the Trump regime is considering leaving the
earth U.N. Human Rights Council if the council doesn’t show “considerable reform in order for us to continue to participate” –Talking Points Memo
Here’s to a better tomorrow!