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On trial eve, Alabama man cleared of wife’s murder 30 years ago after another man confesses

An Alabama man won’t face trial for his wife’s cold case murder nearly 30 years ago, this after another man confessed on the eve of the trial.

Prosecutors had been preparing to try Carl Harris Jr., of Ozark, for his wife’s 1990 killing for more than three years. The trial was set to start Monday. Harris turned 55 that day.

But the case unraveled Sunday with 54-year-old ex-con Jeff Beasley’s admission that he killed Harris’ wife — not Harris, the Dothan Eagle reported.

The paper described Beasley’s arrest and the dismissal of the case against Harris as a stunning turn of events.

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Dale County District Attorney Kirk Adams speaks about dropping murder charges against Carl Harris Jr. for the 1990 death of his wife during a news conference at Ozark City Hall, Ala., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Also shown are Jordan Davis, from right, Michael Bryant and Jimmy Culbreth. (Jay Hare/Dothan Eagle via AP)

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Tracy Harris showed signs of strangulation when police pulled her out of the Choctawhatchee River. She had vanished a week earlier.

It wasn’t until 2016 that prosecutors charged Harris after he moved to South Carolina, according to the paper.

Beasley, who served a 15-year sentence in prison for a 1991 burglary conviction, knew details of the murder that had never been made public, according to reports.

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“The new evidence was information that had never been shared before,” Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker said, according to ABC News. “The suspect gave details about the crime that only the killer would know.”

He confessed after his ex-wife spoke to police and prosecutors for the first time since the murder, the Eagle reported.

The trial prosecutor was reviewing the ex-wife’s witness statement and noticed she had provided “very important information” that apparently hadn’t been pursued for three decades, according to the Eagle.

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The paper quoted Harris’ attorney David Harrison as saying that police hadn’t done anything to investigate a new suspect until after Harrison filed a motion Friday pointing the finger at another person for the murder.

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Stirewalt on Senate impeachment trial’s ‘foregone’ conclusion: ‘It’s kind of meh’

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Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt said on “Outnumbered Overtime” on Tuesday that “impeachment is a great microcosm for why Americans should be skeptical of Washington.”

He added that the conclusion of Trump’s impeachment is “foregone.”

“We know what’s going to happen,” he said. “This is a lot of falderal about really nothing.

“It’s significant, historically, that the president will bear the besmirchment, the stigma, as he calls it, of impeachment,” Stirewalt continued. “It’s true the House has voted to impeach him, but we’ve known what the outcome of a Senate trial was going to be for a long time barring huge revelations or changes. There have been no huge revelations or changes. We are here talking about the timing of a thing that is foregone and it’s kind of meh.”

Stirewalt made the comments on shortly after Fox News was told a House vote on sending the two articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate is expected Wednesday, following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi withholding the articles for weeks.

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The impeachment articles allege abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, concerning Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to launch politically advantageous investigations, while withholding military aid to that nation.

“With the parties united and the Republicans sitting on a majority in the Senate, the idea that we were ever going to get to a supermajority of the Senate to vote to impeach the president barring, again, some other revelation, was a nonstarter.”

He added, “It’s defensible for the House to say regardless of the outcome at the trial they felt obliged to do what they did. Fine.

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“Only in Washington, only in this city, could you have weeks and weeks and weeks of jaw-boning and wrangling and all of this palaver over essentially how to dispose of a thing that everybody knows is going to be disposed of,” he continued. “If you want to know how stupid our Congress –the way our Congress–works is, this has been just a great microcosm for why Americans should be skeptical of how Washington works and how the Congress works.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Supreme Court questions whether ‘Bridgegate’ prosecutions went too far

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The Supreme Court took strong issue Tuesday at the federal government’s prosecution of two New Jersey officials convicted of fraud in the 2013 “Bridgegate” scandal, where traffic gridlock was tied to political payback.

A majority of justices wondered whether the public corruption case went too far, appearing to agree this was more about an unfortunate politically motivated scheme, where no money or property was exchanged for political favors.

And several on the bench suggested the employees had the authority to commandeer municipal “property” as part of the scheme, however distasteful the motives.

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“Isn’t it often the case that somebody who has the authority to do something may lie about why the person is doing the thing because, if the real reason was exposed, it would cause a furor, people would be angry,” said Justice Samuel Alito. “But that doesn’t show the person doesn’t have the authority to do it.”

But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was skeptical, pushing back at claims that public resource costs associated the scheme were “incidental” to the political motives to cause a traffic jam.

“Why do you call it incidental? I mean, it was essential to the scheme,” Ginsburg said.

The high court in recent years has tightened the standard on using federal anti-corruption laws to go after public officials, including former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell, whose bribery conviction was vacated in 2016. Now the justices could make it harder for anti-fraud and conspiracy charges to be applied.

In the “Bridgegate” case, two aides of former Republican Gov. Chris Christie were given 13- and 18-month prison terms for scheming to close lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge, one of the most heavily used commuter routes in the world.

It led to four days of traffic nightmare and lingering public outrage, especially after it was learned Bridget Kelly and William Baroni were accused of scheming to punish a local Democratic New Jersey mayor for not endorsing the reelection of their boss, the governor.

The two officials and others were accused of creating a false non-existent traffic study. Kelly’s emails were used against her, including “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” and “Is it wrong that I’m smiling?” in response to the traffic congestion.

Christie denied any involvement in the matter and was not prosecuted, but the controversy helped end his presidential ambitions.

He along with Kelly and Baroni were in the courtroom for the one-hour arguments.

Even lawyers for the two officials conceded their clients’ actions were not “OK,” and the court seemed to agree, with Justice Stephen Breyer calling the traffic backups “quite a problem.”

Eric Feigin, the Justice Department’s attorney, said of the defendants, “They don’t get a free pass simply because their motive happened to be political.”

Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she was concerned about headlines like “Our public officials now can use government resources for their private ends.”

“I thought the scheme was to make life difficult for Fort Lee,” she added. “If that was the scheme, and you defrauded the use of government property to accomplish your goal, why is that any different than taking the maintenance worker to plow your road, your private street?”

But a majority on the bench seemed dissatisfied with the Justice Department’s claim that Baroni had no authority to change the traffic patterns leading to the bridge, even if was for a partisan purpose.

“Have they commandeered the lanes on the expressway?” asked Chief Justice John Roberts. “They’re still being used for public purposes. Because if other people want to use the highway to get to Fort Lee, they can. They have nothing to do with the scheme at all.”

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Justice Elena Kagan added, “It’s not appropriating the George Washington Bridge, it’s reallocating lanes on the George Washington Bridge and I would have thought that [prior court precedent] makes clear that that’s not an appropriation of property.”

“You were not using the employee labor to create the traffic jam.”

The federal government claimed that while the state officials did not profit personally, taxpayers were on the hook for thousands of dollars in overtime for tollway workers handling the traffic overflow.

Alito, the only New Jersey native on the court, asked tough questions of both sides, but seemed particularly concerned with the fact New York traditionally gets to head the bi-state Port Authority that administers the bridge, with New Jersey getting the deputy director spot.

“Why would New Jersey agree to an arrangement like that where its [appointed] representative is always in the second seat,” said Alito. “Just big brother across the river?”

Defenders of Kelly and Baroni warn against government overreach, where often small-time officials are implicated in broader high-profile prosecutions.

Public integrity groups argue a win for the defendants could eviscerate efforts to prosecute political corruption.

The case is Bridget Kelly v. U.S. (18-1059).

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Man burns ‘from inside out’ in rare reaction to medication: ‘Am I going to die?’

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A 38-year-old Indiana man whose eyes had to be sewed shut and his body covered in pigskin as he burned from the inside out due to a rare reaction to a medication is urging others diagnosed with the condition to “be brave.”

Jonathan Laird said it started three years ago with conjunctivitis and flaking skin, and that he drove himself straight to the hospital once he developed blisters in his mouth and throat, according to Mirror.co.uk.

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Laird, who is now healed, said he wants others diagnosed with SJS to be brave.  (Media Drum World)

“My eyes started to feel like they had little pieces of glass in them, it was very uncomfortable, and I was scared to touch them or rub them because it literally felt like I was going to cut my eyes,” he told the news outlet. “I thought, ‘Is this Stevens-Johnson Syndrome?’ I can’t imagine I would actually get this but is this what this is?”

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Laird’s suspicions were confirmed, and a doctor ordered him to stop taking Lamotrigine, which he had been prescribed for depression. The medication is an anti-epileptic and can be used to treat seizures and bipolar disorder. According to Drugs.com, patients who develop skin rash, hives, blistering, peeling or sores in or around the mouth and eyes are instructed to seek emergency medical attention.

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His eyes were sewed shut as he healed to protect his vision.  (Media Drum World)

For Laird, the symptoms only grew worse with as many as 50 sores appearing in his mouth, and a rash spreading across his back and chest. He went back to the hospital and the next day was transferred to Harbour View Medical Center in Seattle.

“When you have Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) you basically burn from the inside out,” he said, according to the news outlet. “It starts as a rash and then the rash erupts into blisters.”

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Patients diagnosed with SJS are usually admitted to a hospital’s burn unit and require prompt treatment. While many cases are caused by an allergic reaction to medications, others may be the result of an infection or even vaccinations. About 10 percent of cases result in death, while those who survive may be left dealing with pneumonia, sepsis, shock or multiple organ failure, according to the Cleveland Clinic. As Laird healed, his body was covered in wraps and he couldn’t move.

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He said that at one point he asked his parents if he was going to die.  (Media Drum World)

“They stitched my eyes shut to protect my vision, they bound my hands together so I couldn’t rip the tube out that was down my throat,” he said.

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He spent nearly two weeks in the ICU before he was transferred back to the burn unit and spent several more weeks recovering before he could see, talk or eat again. He tried to communicate with his parents by writing on paper.

“I said something like, ‘Am I going to die?’ because I didn’t know and that was really hard for them to read,” he told the news outlet. “I just looked horrible, I looked like a plane crash.”

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Meghan McCain on Bernie-Warren dispute: ‘I don’t want another misogynist as president’

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Two “View” co-hosts argued on Tuesday that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his supporters had a “problem” with women.

“This is his Achilles heel with female voters,” co-host Meghan McCain said. McCain claimed that conservative and liberal female pundits both had issues with the “Bernie Bros,” referring to Sanders’ male supporters.

“It’s actually one of the few things that connects liberal pundits and conservative female pundits together, is there’s just a level of misogyny. Look at Twitter,” she said.

She added that she didn’t want “another misogynist as president. I think we’re all — women in this country — are sick of it and I have always thought he had a problem with women.”

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Her comments came after Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., claimed that Sanders disagreed with her contention that a woman could win the presidency. Sanders called the accusation “ludicrous.”

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“It is ludicrous to believe that at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me she was going to run for president, I would tell her that a woman couldn’t win,” he said.

But some of “The View” hosts thought Sanders could do better in his relationship with women. Co-host Abby Huntsman referenced an episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” where she and Sanders appeared on a panel.

“He basically didn’t even realize I was sitting there or existed,” she said. She added that she had to eventually move Sanders’ hand away from her face.

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“Do I think he’s purposefully trying to make people feel bad? No, but it looks bad. And I think over time, it becomes a narrative,” Huntsman said.

Co-host Joy Behar suggested that Sanders’ alleged conversation wasn’t a big deal.

“I don’t see why this is big news,” she said, arguing that everyone has conversations about whether a woman can win.

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Diplomat testifies Iran sanctions could create opening for new deal under Trump

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Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and former State Department official under President George W. Bush, told Congress Tuesday that the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran has been more effective than many expected, and could very well lead to a new nuclear deal with international support.

Haass was among the panelists at the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s hearing on President Trump‘s Iran policy. The early part of the hearing was largely focused on slamming Trump’s military actions, specifically the airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, but Haass expressed optimism that the administration’s sanctions against the Islamic nation have been strong enough to potentially bring Iran back to the negotiating table.

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“I think the sanctions have had much more of an effect than people predicted,” Haass said, even admitting, “I underestimated quite honestly what unilateral sanctions in this regard could accomplish.” He then added that the sanctions may have created a window of opportunity.

“It’s just possible that we’re approaching a moment in Iranian history where the sanctions are having sufficient impact where there might be a greater willingness on the part of the Iranian authorities to compromise,” he explained, comparing the current situation to the late 1980s, when Iran agreed to end its war with Iraq.

“I think the time is right to put forward an initiative,” Haas said, suggesting that “we would have significant multilateral backing” for a proposed new agreement with Iran, even from Russia and China. Such a deal could include terms about restrictions on nuclear activity and missiles, in exchange for sanctions relief.

Haass said that the offering of a deal and the public discussion of such an agreement would also put pressure on Iran because it would force them to answer to the Iranian people if they choose to reject a measure that could improve their standard of living for the sake of a nuclear program.

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Britain, France, and Germany threatened additional sanctions against Iran Tuesday, citing “growing violations of the nuclear agreement,” which the three Europeans signed in 2015 and have not withdrawn from — as the U.S. has.

Haass said he is encouraged by recent developments in Europe. “It shows we’re not alone here,” he said. “I think we’ve got real partners there on dealing with Iran.”

Haass was one of three former federal officials testifying at the hearing. Also present were former national security adviser Stephen Hadley and former deputy national security adviser and former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency Avril Haines.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was invited to testify, but he declined. Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., noted that Pompeo was in California, but warned that if he does not cooperate with them going forward, they may take action to compel him to do so.

“If Secretary Pompeo is not going to cooperate with the committee then we will consider very strongly taking other actions in the future, including subpoenas,” Engel said.

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Warren pledges to bypass Congress if needed to wipe out student loan debt

DES MOINES — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren vowed Tuesday that if elected, she’d cancel federal student loan debt on her first day in the White House — and bypass Congress if necessary.

“We have a student loan crisis—and we can’t afford to wait for Congress to act. I’ve already proposed a student loan debt cancellation plan, and on day one of my presidency, I’ll use existing laws to start providing that debt cancellation immediately,” the progressive senator from Massachusetts wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning.

The populist White House contender had previously called for canceling up to $50,000 in student loan debt for each of the roughly 42 million federal borrowers, but until Tuesday had yet to outline specific steps she would take and the timing of those actions.

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The senator earlier introduced a student loan debt bill in Congress with fellow Democrat Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina.

But Warren, writing on the website Medium, said that she would act without waiting for Congress because the Secretary of Education can “use its discretion to wipe away loans even when they do not meet the eligibility criteria for more specific cancellation programs.”

And on Twitter, she emphasized that the “Department of Education has broad authority to end the student loan debt crisis. When I’m president, I plan to use that authority.”

And the senator also vowed: “I will also use all the tools available to me to address the racial disparities in higher education, crack down on for-profit institutions, and eliminate predatory lending.”

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Warren’s announcement came hours before she faces off against five of her top rivals in a Democratic presidential nomination debate in Iowa – which kicks off the primary and caucus nominating calendar in less than three weeks. Joining Warren on the stage will be former Vice President Joe Biden, fellow Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and billionaire environmental and progressive advocate Tom Steyer.

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Americans face more than $1.5 trillion in student loan debt – and the issue hits hard in Iowa as well as New Hampshire – which holds the first primary in the race for the White House just eight days after the Iowa caucuses.

Warren’s plan to eliminate student debt appears to be more wide-ranging than plans put out by either Biden or Buttigieg – but her proposals stop short of the call by Sanders to entirely erase all student loan debt.

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Sen. John Cornyn: Senate impeachment trial could wrap up within a few weeks

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The impeachment trial against President Trump could wrap up in the Senate in just a few weeks, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Tuesday.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with hosts Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith, Cornyn said he presumes that the trial will start the day after Martin Luther King Day, on Jan. 21.

Although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has yet to tell her colleagues who she plans to name as impeachment managers, she suggested that the House will vote Wednesday on a resolution to name them and transmit the articles to the Senate.

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In addition, Fox News has learned that the president’s legal defense team has essentially formed, with White House counsel Pat Cipollone taking the lead.

“It just seems ironic that Speaker Pelosi … has sat on the articles of impeachment for 28 days and [now] she wants to wait one more day in deference to the Democratic presidential debate,” Cornyn remarked. “She knows that this looks really bad because after saying it was a compelling, urgent, and constitutional matter – sitting on it for almost a month – I think undermines her most basic argument.”

The Texas lawmaker said that senators should be careful about “this notion of presenting brand new live witnesses during the course of an impeachment trial” because they can be “unpredictable.”

“I just don’t think we should have a continuation of the circus-like atmosphere that we’ve seen in the House,” he told the “America’s Newsroom” co-hosts.

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Hemmer asked whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., may call for a vote on each article of impeachment after each side presents its case, but without allowing new witnesses. He said that could mean the trial would wrap up within two weeks.

“I agree with that, Bill,” Cornyn responded, adding that it will come down to whether senators feel they have “heard enough” to make a decision on whether the conduct is impeachable.

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“The fact may be that the facts aren’t all that disputed and the only question is, given this set of facts, does that rise to the level of a high crime and misdemeanor under the Constitution and justify the impeachment, the conviction, and the removal of a president 11 months before the next general election?” he asked.

“I am very skeptical, as you might know,” he noted. “But, that is the way I think this is going to go forward.”

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Florida police have suspect after 4 bodies found in home linked to missing family

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Florida police have a suspect in custody following the discovery of four bodies inside a home that reports have linked to a Connecticut family missing for over a week.

Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home in Celebration – a community developed by the Walt Disney Company in the 1990s – on Monday morning after neighbors called police to check on the family, according to local reports.

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Officials have released few details regarding the case, including the names of the suspect and the victims. Deputies wouldn’t say how the victims were killed or what charges the suspect could face.

“All parties involved with this investigation are accounted for,” Sheriff Russ Gibson said during a brief news conference. He didn’t answer reporters’ questions about the case.

Neighbors who witnessed the scene described the residents to local reporters.

A couple and their three children lived at the home, neighbor Connie McGarian told FOX35 Orlando, describing them as the “perfect family.”

Neighbor Marcelo Rodriguez told the Orlando Sentinel that he saw the man who lived there with his family in handcuffs outside the home.

Deputies were looking into whether the death investigation was related to a recent report about a missing family, Maj. Jacob Ruiz, a spokesman for the Osceola sheriff told the paper.

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A Connecticut family of five, missing for more than a week, recently moved to from Colchester to Celebration, friends and family told FOX61. They told the station they believe the family’s disappearance could be linked to the death investigation.

Colchester’s First Selectman’s Office released a statement Monday night.

“The news reports out of Celebration, Florida regarding a Colchester family are shocking and heartbreaking,” the office wrote on Facebook. “While there is much we do not know at this time, I know that the thoughts and prayers of our entire community are with the relatives and friends of the family involved.”

The family has been linked to the house where the investigation is taking place through court documents obtained by the Daily Beast; the property’s landlord had filed an order to evict them.

Celebration is a planned gated community designed and built by the Walt Disney Company just 4 miles from Walt Disney World.

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“We live in Celebration,” Rodriguez told WFTV. “It’s where dreams come true basically, right? And this has happened. So it’s really sad.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Israeli police raid ‘cult’ headquarters, find women and children held like slaves

A raid on a residential complex in Jerusalem has uncovered a “cult”-like group where dozens of women and children were being held against their will – including some girls who had their fingers placed into fires to “make them understand what hell is,” Israeli police say.

The operation, which was carried out in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood Monday, resulted in the arrests of the alleged ringleader and his eight female accomplices. They are suspected of isolating some 50 women in the complex, along with children ranging in age from 1-5, and keeping them out of contact with their families and the outside world.

“At this stage, Israel Police along with additional investigating bodies, are focused on providing an initial response to the treatment of the minors as well as investigating the conditions of the residential complex,” it said in a statement. “All of the suspects that were taken into custody are being investigated on suspicion of possession of slavery.”

The arrests coincided with Israeli police releasing footage of the compound’s interior crammed with closely spaced triple-decker bunk beds. It was operating under the guise of a women’s seminary, they added, with Superintendent Isaac Simon saying the victims were held in “very cramped conditions and difficult sanitary conditions.”

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Police told the Jerusalem Post that those inside “were taught to disassociate themselves from their parents, their families and their friends”.

During “lessons of modesty,” police added, “they would put the girls’ fingers into the fire to make them understand what hell is.”

People who were around the facility also told the newspaper that they would see the girls there sleeping on mattresses on the roof, sometimes even in the rain.

“We tried to call them, but they did not answer,” the Jerusalem Post quoted one as saying, noting that a cover later was placed over the roof “so we would not see what was happening.”

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Before launching the raid Monday, police led a two-month undercover investigation where they spoke with women who had escaped the group. The raid was carried out in coordination with the Israeli Center for Victims of Cults.

“We know that the women and children were there for several months inside the home,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. “We know that he took their money away from them and was holding them against their will.

But the 60-year-old man arrested and accused of being the ringleader of what police are describing as a “cult” is denying the accusations.

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“The rabbi claims there had been a dispute between the women in the seminar and their family members,” his lawyer reportedly told Ynet news.

Israel’s Channel 12 also reported that he had previously been arrested at least twice on similar charges, and denied any wrongdoing during his arraignment.

Fox News’ Talia Kaplan and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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