‘H.R. 1’ Through the Years

National Journal
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Jan. 30, 2014, 1:02 p.m.

Two wo­men “dis­trib­ut­ing pamph­lets and fly­ers op­pos­ing” Pres. Obama’s health care plan “were squir­ted with purple paint by a wo­man who didn’t agree with their mes­sage” in Clifton, NJ, 10/20. The sus­pect, “who fled be­fore po­lice ar­rived,” ini­tially ex­pressed her dis­agree­ment after read­ing the fly­ers, then “re­turned a short while later armed with purple ac­ryl­ic bril­liant paint” pur­chased “at the nearby AC Moore craft store.” The fly­ers, “the table and a num­ber of clip boards were ruined by the paint” (Spor­telli, Clifton Journ­al, 10/26).

Re­lease The Doves

Ex-Mo­bile Co. Cir­cuit Court Judge Her­man Thomas, “who was ac­cused of pad­dling and sexu­ally ab­us­ing young men who were fa­cing jail time,” was “ac­quit­ted” 10/26 on all charges “after jur­ors dead­locked on most of the al­leg­a­tions against him” and a judge ruled he was not guilty of the oth­er charges, cit­ing “lack of evid­ence.” Pro­sec­utors “had ar­gued that Thomas paddled” with a “wooden fra­tern­ity paddle” or “spanked with a belt 11 young men for sexu­al grat­i­fic­a­tion and, in ex­change, showed them le­ni­ency.”

Thomas “cried and hugged” his at­tys after the rul­ing, but did not com­ment as he left the court­house. De­fense atty Robert “Cow­boy Bob” Clark: “The right ver­dict — I told you, didn’t I?” (Sayre, Mo­bile Press-Re­gister, 10/27).

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