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58-year-old Tony Brown was found in a pool full of blood after his 57-year-old wife, Lawanda Brown, allegedly shot him in the head.
According to the New York Post, the two were working on a project for their consulting agency, when things suddenly took a turn for the worse.
Lawanda said she didn’t like the tone of voice Tony was using towards her when she asked him to search Google for a project template. She told investigators that the last thing she remembered was her husband walking out of the room.
Shortly after, she said her memory then became “a blur.”
Tony was airlifted to the hospital where he is in critical condition. Lawanda was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, according to the New York Post.
She is being held on a $500,000 bail.
According to the New York Post, Tony was nominated in 2001 by President George W. Bush for a position in the US Treasury Department.
THE man who claims to be the secret son of Jay-Z has accused the rapper of using his fame and wealth to avoid taking a paternity test for more than EIGHT years.
Rymir Satterthwaite’s guardian has even launched a legal battle against their own lawyers – accusing them of colluding with the rapper’s legal team to help him get out of taking the test.
The case is due to go to trial in Philadelphia this December – and Rymir, 24, said he will not give up his fight until the world knows the “truth” and he gets a fair process in court.
Jay-Z – who is married to Beyonce and whose real name is Shawn Carter – has denied being the father but has always refused to take a paternity test.
The court initially threw out Rymir’s request for a paternity test after mistakenly believing his real dad had been found – when in fact his birth certificate, seen by Sun Online, shows no father listed.
Then, court papers allege, lawyers for Rymir’s side secretly colluded with lawyers for Jay-Z, 48, causing procedure problems that caused the case to be thrown out of Philadelphia courts.
Rymir aged seven, and right, his alleged dad Jay-Z as a 12-year-old schoolboy
In an exclusive interview with Sun Online, Rymir, an aspiring musician, claims he has been denied the right to have a fair hearing in court because of legal mistakes and malpractice – and now wants justice.
He said: “I don’t want money or anything like that from Jay-Z.
“I just want him to finally tell the truth to the world.
“He’s supposed to be a positive role model for our community – he stands there screaming ‘Black Lives Matter’ – well tell the truth and take responsibility.
“And if you say I’m not your son and nothing ever happened with my mum then just take the test.
Rymir, right, is also a musician and has recorded an album and several singles
“If you are telling the truth then why is your first answer whenever you’re asked to take a paternity test ‘no’?
“Also I want a fair due process in court regardless of who my father is or how rich he is.”
Rymir was first told by mum Wanda that she believed Jay-Z was his father when he was around eight.
Wanda, 43, has claimed that she hooked up with the rapper – then known as “Rock” – in 1992 at his aunt’s apartment in the projects of Brooklyn, New York, after he first picked her up from Philadelphia.
Rymir Satterthwaite, left, and Jay-Z sport jazzy white suits
The pair allegedly used protection but it failed – and aside from a visit from him two weeks later – the pair never saw each other again and Wanda had no idea how to contact him.
Although Wanda’s live-in boyfriend Robert Graves was originally listed on the birth certificate – he was legally removed in 2011 after a DNA test proved he was not the father.
Wanda’s godmother Lillie, who was given custody of Rymir in 2010 when Wanda became too sick to look after him, says she believes Jay-Z is the father and is determined to fight until the family get treated fairly in court.
She said: “Wanda was only 16 when she allegedly met Shawn but she may have told him she was older.
“She fell pregnant but had no idea how to contact him.
Rymir’s birth certificate shows no father listed
“Her on-off boyfriend at the time, Robert, knew the baby wasn’t his but put his name on the birth certificate while Wanda was unconscious recovering from the birth.
“Initially he felt sorry for Wanda but later he used it so he could collect extra food stamps and benefits. “Both were minors at the time so he shouldn’t have signed anything.
“Over the years she tried to get in touch with Shawn but Robert always stopped her.
“In 2009 she came to me and asked me to help get in touch with Shawn and sort the situation out.
“In the beginning when we first reached to Shawn’s team, we reached out in love, and we wrote a letter.
“I got a call from his in-house lawyer and they were very helpful and we thought we would resolve this privately – they even talked about Rymir’s music talent and whether it was a good time to put him on his record label but he had to finish high school so I said no.
“Suddenly different lawyers got involved and their attitude completely changed – I think they realised there was more at stake for Shawn given that Wanda was allegedly underage.
“We put in legal requests for both Shawn and Robert to take paternity tests in Philadelphia. Robert did his and was found not to be the father but Shawn’s request was not processed due to procedural problems.
“Since then there has just been a whole bunch of mistakes, oversights and collusion between our lawyers and Shawn’s lawyers – which is why we have to fight back. And we’re not giving up.
“This has become about more than just Jay-Z and the paternity test – it’s about people being fairly treated by the legal system no matter how much money they have.”
The most recent lawsuit, filed in Philadelphia and seen by Sun Online, claims that one attorney they hired was actually “best friends and neighbours” with Jay-Z’s lawyer.
It claims that Jay-Z’s attorney made Wanda sign legal papers while she was in hospital recovering from a medicated coma which replaced Lillie’s name on the petition – without consent – and for “nefarious reasons”.
The name change, done while Wanda was “in distress” and thinking she was doing the right thing for her son, caused the case to be thrown out.
The court papers state that the case has been “devastating” for their family and that “they never saw so much corruption or experienced so much hurt”.
It adds: “Rymir the then-child suffered the pain of rejection, fraud and collusion.”
Both attorneys deny the allegations in their response to the lawsuit.
Rymir, who lives with Lillie in Blackwood, New Jersey, said the eight-year legal battle has made him lose faith in the system.
“Honestly I believe anybody else in this world would have had to take the test,” he said.
What does Jay-Z say about the claims?
Jay-Z has never publicly spoken about the case. Sun Online has reached out several times to his representatives and never received a response.
His lawyer stated that the rapper is “not an interested party with respect to the custody of Rymir Satterthwaite,” in legal papers filed in 2011.
He added “there has been no determination or viable claim of a familial relationship with Mr Carter.”
Back in 2011 the rap star denied reports he had fathered a different child with a model called Shenelle Scott.
His reps said at the time there was “not truth” to the “ridiculous rumours”.
“Whenever you have people with lots of money against ordinary people it’s going to be a fight – but I believe the system was more on his side than on my mine and I didn’t get a fair due process in court. I never got my chance to talk.
“It got pushed to the side and basically now I walk around and everybody’s looking at me and saying ‘he’s chasing Jay-Z, he wants money, he’s trying to get his 15 minutes of fame’.
“This never about money for me. My whole thing was just to see who my father was and honestly I get my own money. I work two jobs, I take care of my own business.
“I’ve got a positive family behind me that helps me with everything I do. It wasn’t like I needed anything.
“I just needed closure and I wanted respect from the courts. Just like everybody else goes in there and gets respect and gets a fair, due process. Why didn’t I get that? Why did I just get brushed to the side?
“Is it because of somebody’s name? Is it because somebody was getting paid off. I will never know.”
He added: “We’re all equal in this world and no one should think they’re better than somebody just because they can pay 40 or 50 lawyers to go fight for you – that doesn’t make you better than nobody – that makes you a coward.”
Rymir, who works at a restaurant and a pet store as well as writing and recording music, said he gets angry when people accuse him of making up his claims in order to boost his career.
“No one gets fame off of chasing Jay-Z,” he said. “This is one of the most powerful men in music right now.
“What am I getting from chasing him screaming that he’s my father? I’m getting nothing out of it.
“I’ve been hearing this so much and it makes me sick because I bust my a** working day to day and I take care of myself and I take care of my family.”
Ultimately Rymir says he holds “no grudge” against Jay-Z and still holds out hope that they can one day meet and resolve the situation amicably.
He hopes to concentrate on his music career – and is hoping to even tour the UK in the future.
“I’m still positive,” he said. “I still wake up every day, I still pray, count all my blessings. I love my family. I love to do things. I love to go camping. It didn’t change me.
“It lets me see that the world is not what you always planned it out to be.”
He added: “If Jay-Z was sat here right now I’d hope we could just talk and catch up.
“I’m a calm person – I’m not going to scream and all that I would just tell him how I feel and hopefully he would tell me how he feels and we could work things out.
“There’s no grudge – I don’t want to have grudges with people in the world that’s why so many people are dying.
“I wish the best for him and his family I don’t wish any badness on anybody. I just want justice and a fair process in court.”
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West paid a visit to the White House Wednesday to make a star-powered case to President Donald Trump and his staff on behalf of a woman serving a life sentence for drug offenses.
Kardashian West has been urging the president to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, 63, who has spent more than two decades behind bars and is not eligible for parole.
It had been unclear whether the socialite would have the chance to sit down with Trump while she was in Washington, but Trump confirmed the meeting — as he often does — via Twitter, writing, “Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing.”
He included a picture of the two in the Oval Office — Trump seated behind his desk and Kardashian West, dressed in all-black, standing to his right.
“Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing.”
Kardashian West arrived at the White House just after 4:30 p.m. for what was expected to be a meeting with Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, who is overseeing the administration’s push to overhaul the nation’s prison system. She appeared to preview the visit on her Twitter feed, writing: “Happy Birthday Alice Marie Johnson. Today is for you.”
A rare A-list celebrity to visit the White House since Trump took office, Kardashian West was seen posing for photos in front of the West Wing before entering.
Attorney Brittany K. Barnett, a member of Johnson’s legal team, said Kardashian West had hoped to discuss the issue with Trump directly. She said after the meeting that she had consulted with those who had attended and said it “seemed to go well.”
“It is now in President Trump’s hands to decide whether to save Alice Johnson’s life,” Barnett said.
In an interview with Mic released earlier this month, Kardashian West said she’d been moved by Johnson’s story after seeing a video by the news outlet on Twitter.
“I think that she really deserves a second chance at life,” Kardashian told Mic. “I’ll do whatever it takes to get her out.”
Kardashian West said in the interview she’d been in touch with Kushner over the case and that, if she had the chance to bring it up with Trump, she’d tell him, “I really do believe that she’s going to really thrive outside of prison, and I would just urge him to please pardon her.”
Trump last week granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson’s name more than 100 years after what many saw as a racially charged conviction.
The boxer’s pardon had been championed by actor Sylvester Stallone, who Trump said had brought the story to his attention in a phone call.
Trump has issued just a handful of pardons, including one for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a staunch campaign supporter; one for Scooter Libby, who served as chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney; and one for a U.S. Navy sailor convicted of taking photos of classified portions of a submarine.
Kardashian West supported Trump’s rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, during the 2016 election. But her husband, rapper Kanye West, recently offered his support for Trump in a series of tweets, saying they both share “dragon energy.” Kardashian West defended her husband when he caught flak on social media for his tweets.
West also paid a visit to the then-president-elect in New York before his inauguration. Trump said they talked about “life” as they posed for photos in the lobby of Trump Tower. West has said he didn’t vote in the presidential election, but if he had, he would have cast a ballot for Trump.
Trump and members of his administration have spoken passionately in favor of prison and sentencing reform, but that has sometimes clashed with Trump’s law-and-order approach, especially at the Justice Department.
Indeed, Trump has called for getting tougher on drug dealers, including suggesting that some should receive the death penalty.
Johnson was convicted in 1996 on eight criminal counts related to a Memphis-based cocaine trafficking operation involving more than a dozen people. The 1994 indictment describes dozens of deliveries and drug transactions, many involving Johnson.
She was sentenced to life in prison in 1997, and appellate judges and the U.S. Supreme Court have rejected her appeals. Court records show she has a motion pending for a reduction in her sentence, but federal prosecutors are opposed, saying in a court filing that the sentence is in accord with federal guidelines, based on the large quantity of drugs involved. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Memphis did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday afternoon.
A criminal justice advocacy site, CAN-DO, and one of Johnson’s attorneys say a request for clemency was rejected by former President Barack Obama. The reasons are unclear.
A 1997 Associated Press story on Johnson’s sentencing said she headed up a multimillion-dollar drug ring. But Memphis attorney Michael Scholl, who filed the latest court documents in her request for a sentence reduction, said she was not a leader in the cocaine operation.
“What is the purpose of putting a lady with no prior criminal record, on a nonviolent drug offense, in jail for her entire life?” he said in a telephone interview. “She’s a model inmate.”
Scholl added that Johnson has admitted her wrongdoing, which is borne out in letters she has written to U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays, who now oversees her case.
“Judge Mays I’m writing to you to express my deep remorse for the crime that I committed over 20 years ago. I made some bad choices which have not only affected my life, but have impacted my entire family,” she said in a February 2017 letter in the court record.
In a hand-scrawled letter last June she wrote: “I’m a broken woman. More time in prison cannot accomplish more justice.”
Yummy, Mummy! Cockroach milk is said to taste like cow’s milk, but thousands of the…
Cockroaches aren’t generally associated with good places to dine, but that could change soon because the insects are the latest fad in the superfoods craze.
Cockroaches produce the crystals which are full of essential amino acids.Photograph: Getty Images/National Geographic Creative
So-called cockroach milk – or post-natal fluid – is secreted from the critter in the form of crystals to nourish its 50 or so hatchlings – and humans could enjoy this nourishment too, according to researchers from the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India, who claim that the “milk” derived from the crystals boasts many nutritional benefits.
“The crystals are like a complete food – they have proteins, fats and sugars. If you look into the protein sequences, they have all the essential amino acids,” Sanchari Banerjee, one of the main researchers, told the Times of India.
This non-dairy alternative is said to taste rather like cow’s milk, but, given that a cockroach is significantly smaller than your average cow, it would take an army of the insects to make up one glass of milk. Also, according to the science news website Inverse, the cockroaches die in the process of extracting the fluid, thus making the whole enterprise “neither feasible or efficient”.
The mass-market viability of insect products hasn’t stopped companies such as Gourmet Grubb from making imitation ice-cream with “entomilk” – a non-dairy milk made from sustainably farmed insects. The company says that entomilk is rich in protein content, as well as iron, zinc and calcium.
Alongside insect-based dairy alternatives, eating insects whole is becoming a more common sight in western diets. So, if wolfing down multiple-legged invertebrates has no effect on your gag reflex and you would like to do your bit for the environment, there are sites, such as Derby-based Crunchy Critters, where you can fill your virtual basket with packets of freeze-dried and dehydrated insects, from barbecue mealworm to salt-and-vinegar crickets and garlic chapulines.