1955 warrant for wife in Till murder found; family demands arrest – National & International News – THU 30Jun2022

Emmett Till (L) and his accuser Carolyn Bryant (C) in 1955, and Carolyn Bryant-Donham today. A Leflore County grand jury has declined to prosecute Bryant-Donham for her role in the kidnapping which led to Till's murder.

 

1955 warrant for wife in Till murder found; family demands arrest. Nearly half say Trump should face charges for Jan. 6. Finland and Sweden on way to joining NATO.

 

NATIONAL NEWS

1955 warrant for wife in Till murder found; family demands arrest

In Leflore County, MS, a team of searchers have found the original unserved 1955 warrant for Carolyn Bryant’s arrest for the kidnapping of Emmett Till. The team located the document after a laborious search among a trove of boxes sorted only by decade in the basement of the county courthouse. Carolyn Bryant was the wife of Roy Bryant, who was tried and acquitted by an all-white jury in the brutal murder of 14-year-old Till. Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam later confessed to the crime in a magazine article.

Carolyn Bryant accused Till of making improper advances toward her outside the store she ran with her husband in Money, MS. Two nights later, Roy Bryant and Milam showed up in a pick-up truck in front of the house of Till’s uncle. The uncle said he heard a voice “lighter than a man’s” identify Till to the two men who took Till away. Till’s broken body was found in a river some days later.

Carolyn Bryant, now Carolyn Donham, is still alive and in her 80s. At last account, she was living North Carolina. Two living family members of Till’s are calling for Donham’s arrest nearly 70 years after Till’s murder. It was known at the time of the murder that a warrant had been issued for the then-Mrs. Bryant. However, the Leflore County Sheriff told reporters at the time that he didn’t want to “bother” Mrs. Bryant as she had two young boys to raise.

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Nearly half say Trump should face charges for Jan. 6

A recent poll shows that 48% of Americans think that former President Donald Trump should face criminal charges for his involvement in the Jan. 6, 2020, Capitol riot. Less than a third (31%) do not support charges and 20% answered that they didn’t know enough to form an opinion. Along party lines, 86% of Democrats and only 10% of Republicans think Trump should face charges. Most Republicans (68%) say Trump should not be charged and 21% say they don’t know. A majority of all American adults (58%) believes that Trump bears a great deal or quite a bit of responsibility for that day’s events.

This poll was conducted after the first five Jan. 6 hearings had aired. However, this was before Tuesday’s hearing, which featured some of the most incriminating testimony yet. 

Jan. 6 committee subpoenas former White House counsel

The select committee investigating the riot has issued a subpoena for Pat Cipollone, a Trump White House attorney. Various witnesses have testified that Cipollone consistently resisted Trump & Co.’s schemes to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election. On Tuesday, Cassidy Hutchinson, former aid to Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, told the committee that Cipollone had urged Trump not to go through with his plan to march to the Capitol with the rioters. Cipollone purportedly told Hutchinson that Trump risked charges for “every crime imaginable” if he lead the armed protesters to the Capitol.

The Jan. 6 committee have asked Cipollone to testify on multiple occasions, but Cipollone has only given an informal statement. The committee believes that Cipollone could provide invaluable information about the Trump camp’s plans to overturn the election.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Finland and Sweden on way to joining NATO after Turkey withdraws objection

Last month, Finland and Sweden abandoned decades of military neutrality by applying to join NATO. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, both countries have been increasingly fearful of potential invasion threats from Russia. Finland and Sweden each have a long history of land, sea and air incursions from Russian military. Until recently, both largely ignored these encroachments, preferring to maintain cordial or at least neutral relations with their powerful neighbor.

When the Nordic countries first announced their wish to join NATO, the Kremlin strongly condemned their decision. Russia has justified its invasion of Ukraine citing decades of eastward NATO expansion. However, if Putin hoped to discourage further NATO expansion towards his border, his aggressive action towards Ukraine has had the opposite effect.

Admission to NATO requires approval from all 30 current member nations. Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan initially announced his opposition to Finland and Sweden joining the alliance, accusing them of harboring Kurdish terrorists. Turkey has been fighting its militant ethnic Kurdish minority for decades. Now, Turkey has withdrawn its objection following the announcement that Sweden and Finland would extradite 33 Kurdish terrorism suspects back to Turkey. President Biden also assured Erdogan that he would back Turkey’s potential purchase of 40 Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets.

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