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McConnell Contradicts Trump’s Claim They Spoke About His Ukraine Call

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he doesn’t recall any conversations with President Donald Trump about the Ukraine phone call ― contrary to the president’s claim that McConnell had said the call was completely “innocent.” 

“The president has said that you told him that his phone call with Ukrainian president was ‘perfect’ and ‘innocent,’” a reporter said to McConnell during a Capitol Hill press briefing Tuesday. “Do you believe that the president has handled this Ukrainian situation perfectly?”

“We’ve not had any conversations on that subject,” McConnell responded. When asked if that indicated the president was lying about that claim, McConnell said “you’ll have to ask him. I don’t recall any conversations with the president about that phone call.”

While speaking to reporters on the South Lawn on Oct. 3, Trump said that he and McConnell had spoken directly about the phone call, according to the official White House transcript of Trump’s remarks.

“He put out a statement that said that was the most innocent phone call he’s read. And I spoke to him about it, too,” the president said.

“He said, ‘That was the most innocent phone call that I’ve read.’ I mean, give me a break. Anybody that reads it says the same thing,” Trump added.

McConnell had previously urged the White House to release the transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy, according to two internal sources cited by The Washington Post.

The call summary released by the White House was the catalyst for an impeachment inquiry looking at whether Trump withheld nearly $400 million in foreign aid to Ukraine unless Ukrainian officials investigated his potential 2020 presidential rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. It is illegal to solicit foreign involvement in U.S. elections, and investigations have yielded no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens. 

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Mitch McConnell Contradicts Trump’s Claim They Spoke About His Ukraine Call

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he doesn’t recall any conversations with President Donald Trump about the Ukraine phone call ― contrary to the president’s claim that McConnell had said the call was completely “innocent.” 

“The president has said that you told him that his phone call with Ukrainian president was ‘perfect’ and ‘innocent,’” a reporter said to McConnell during a Capitol Hill press briefing Tuesday. “Do you believe that the president has handled this Ukrainian situation perfectly?”

“We’ve not had any conversations on that subject,” McConnell responded. When asked if that indicated the president was lying about that claim, McConnell said “you’ll have to ask him. I don’t recall any conversations with the president about that phone call.”

While speaking to reporters on the South Lawn on Oct. 3, Trump said that he and McConnell had spoken directly about the phone call, according to the official White House transcript of Trump’s remarks.

“He put out a statement that said that was the most innocent phone call he’s read. And I spoke to him about it, too,” the president said.

“He said, ‘That was the most innocent phone call that I’ve read.’ I mean, give me a break. Anybody that reads it says the same thing,” Trump added.

McConnell had previously urged the White House to release the transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy, according to two internal sources cited by The Washington Post.

The call summary released by the White House was the catalyst for an impeachment inquiry looking at whether Trump withheld nearly $400 million in foreign aid to Ukraine unless Ukrainian officials investigated his potential 2020 presidential rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. It is illegal to solicit foreign involvement in U.S. elections, and investigations have yielded no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens. 

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Zuckerberg to Admit That Facebook Has Trust Issues

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SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg hopes that one day, in the not too distant future, billions of people will use a cryptocurrency created by Facebook to send money to friends and family around the world.

Mr. Zuckerberg also recognizes that his company is a major impediment to that vision.

Mr. Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, is expected to admit as much on Wednesday when he testifies about his company’s cryptocurrency project at a House Financial Services Committee hearing.

“I believe this is something that needs to get built, but I understand we’re not the ideal messenger right now,” Mr. Zuckerberg will say, according to written testimony submitted before the hearing. “I know some people wonder whether we can be trusted to build payment services that protect consumers.”

A torrent of criticism has been directed toward Facebook’s cryptocurrency effort, called Libra, since it was announced in June. But the company is pressing on. And Facebook officials over the last week have been on a charm offensive with regulators and lawmakers in Washington, leading up to Wednesday’s hearing.

In his testimony, Mr. Zuckerberg is expected to promote the benefits of Libra. He plans to describe Libra as a democratizing financial system that will mostly benefit the poor, as well as the estimated 14 million people in the United States who do not have access to bank accounts and who cannot afford banking fees.

“People pay far too high a cost — and have to wait far too long — to send money home to their families abroad. The current system is failing them,” Mr. Zuckerberg said in the advance version of his testimony. “The financial industry is stagnant and there is no digital financial architecture to support the innovation we need. I believe this problem can be solved, and Libra can help.”

Facebook’s cryptocurrency project is the latest controversy to draw Mr. Zuckerberg to Washington.

Last week, he delivered a manifesto on free expression at Georgetown University, defying requests by Democratic politicians to take down false and misleading information by political leaders. Weeks earlier, he met with President Trump and Republican lawmakers to beat down accusations that Facebook gives priority to liberal-leaning content.

The House hearing will be the second time Mr. Zuckerberg has testified on Capitol Hill. In 2018, he was asked to respond to claims that the company did not properly handle its users’ data and had not treated privacy concerns with seriousness.

A few weeks after Libra was unveiled, Maxine Waters, Democrat from California and chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, led several lawmakers in a call for Facebook to stop the project until it was vetted by lawmakers and regulators. David Marcus, the Facebook executive in charge of Libra, appeared before Ms. Waters’s committee in July, but he appeared to make little progress toward détente with the lawmakers.

Central bankers around the world have also expressed concerns about Libra. And regulators say they do not have clear answers on how Facebook will handle important tasks like preventing criminal activity and ensuring the privacy of users.

Facebook officials envision Libra being incorporated into the company’s various messaging services, like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. It could, over time, create a new revenue stream for the company.

Though Facebook said it plans to allow people to use the cryptocurrency free, executives proposed offering different types of consumer financial services if the cryptocurrency catches on. Calibra, the separate entity Facebook has created to work on the Libra project, could ultimately offer financial products to people who regularly use Libra — much as a bank would.

Facebook originally brought on 27 partners to join a Libra Association in Switzerland that is supposed to govern the network. But several big-name partners, including PayPal, Mastercard and Visa, have dropped out in recent weeks.

In his testimony, Mr. Zuckerberg will say that Facebook will not allow the project to move forward until it gains the approval of the necessary regulators.

“Even though the Libra Association is independent and we don’t control it, I want to be clear: Facebook will not be part of launching the Libra payments system anywhere in the world until U.S. regulators approve,” he is expected to say.

The committee oversees housing, and Ms. Waters is expected to press Mr. Zuckerberg on accusations that Facebook has allowed discriminatory ad targeting for housing.

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‘Bachelor’ star Peter Weber photographed after face injury

It appears that Peter Weber of “Bachelor” fame is on the mend after suffering a cut to his head.

Weber was rushed to a hospital for an injury he suffered while on the set of “The Bachelor” earlier this month and has now appeared on a fan’s Instagram, battle scar and all.

The post featured Weber standing with a smiling fan and a bandage on his head. The duo was in Parque Kennedy on the coast of Peru.

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“🚨SPOILER ALERT🚨 i won the bachelor,” the caption read.

The poster’s followers commented, saying “NO WAY 😍😍 what happened to his forehead????” and “He is such a cutie.”

One commenter even tried to get some inside information about the show.

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“Do you know who was with him at the date?” they asked.

The photo was posted on Saturday.

In a statement to Fox News after the injury, “The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison called the injury a “freak accident,” but said that Weber was in good shape and that shooting for the reality show quickly resumed.

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Harrison himself posted to Instagram, “He got a cut on his head, he did get stitches but he’s 100% OK and production is already back underway. He’s still the dashing, handsome pilot we’ve all dreamed of.”

Last week, it was reported that Weber had his stitches removed.

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Turkey would not have invaded Syria if American troops stayed, says US military’s former top officer

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A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Turkey would not have invaded northeast Syria had U.S. troops remained at their posts. The American retreat “opened the door” for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to retired Navy Adm. Mike Mullen.

“Erdogan would not send those troops across that border if the Americans were there,” Mullen told Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin Monday night at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. “And in that regard, it opens the door. When we were gone, it opened the door.”

Only a handful of U.S. service members remain in Syria after President Trump earlier this month ordered the bulk of 1,000 troops to withdraw from the northeastern part of the country and relocate them to Iraq. The move essentially paved the way for Ankara to launch a military offensive on Oct. 9 to push the Kurds out of the region, claiming it wanted to “neutralize terror threats” and establish a “safe zone.”

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The U.S. and Turkey brokered a 120-hour cease-fire agreement on Thursday that has since expired. Experts and analysts say Ankara’s goal is to put an end to any potential autonomous Kurdish state along its border in Syria, as Turkey views the Kurds as terrorists.

“Today is the last day for all the terrorists to vacate in the area,” Erdogan said Tuesday before leaving for Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi. “As of 10 p.m. tonight, the time will expire. Our related agencies are monitoring the situation in the field closely. If the promises America gave us are not kept, our operation will continue.”

Turkey and Russia later announced Tuesday that the nations will conduct joint patrols along the border region following the removal of Kurdish forces there. Russian military police and Syrian troops will push Kurdish forces back 18 miles from Syria’s northern border within 150 hours starting Wednesday at noon local time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

Putin and Erdogan met for more than six hours before speaking to reporters to announce the joint patrols. The fact that a NATO ally preferred to patrol the border with Russian forces and not American forces made Pentagon officials scratch their heads.

And according to Mullen, that’s exactly what the U.S. didn’t want to happen.

“Everybody we would want to lose in this is going to win. Putin’s going to win in Russia. [Syrian President Bashar] Assad’s going to win in Syria. ISIS is going to win. Erdogan’s going to win. Iran is going to win. And we and our friends are going to lose,“ he said.

Mullen served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2007 to 2011 and has more than four decades’ experience in the military.

The former chairman contradicted Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Mark Milley, who both say that a few dozen U.S. troops would not have stopped a Turkish invasion of 15,000, including so-called mercenaries accused of carrying out war crimes against the Kurds. Complicating matters, Iraq’s military says the hundreds of U.S. troops that arrived yesterday from Syria are not welcome.

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Mullen’s statements also directly conflicted with what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo when asked if he thought Turkey would have invaded Syria even with U.S. troops there.

“One-hundred percent,” he said. “I was very closely involved when President Erdogan notified us that he was prepared to move and that he was going to do so in hours. President Trump saw there were American soldiers in the way… To think we were going to have NATO-on-NATO fighting — the president made the right decision at the moment to get American forces out of the way.”

Between 200 and 300 U.S. troops remain in southern Syria at Al-Tanf.

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Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin, David Asman and Greg Norman contributed to this report, as well as The Associated Press.

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McConnell Contradicts Trump’s Claim They Spoke About His Ukraine Call

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he doesn’t recall any conversations with President Donald Trump about the Ukraine phone call ― contrary to the president’s claim that McConnell had said the call was completely “innocent.” 

“The president has said that you told him that his phone call with Ukrainian president was ‘perfect’ and ‘innocent,’” a reporter said to McConnell during a Capitol Hill press briefing Tuesday. “Do you believe that the president has handled this Ukrainian situation perfectly?”

“We’ve not had any conversations on that subject,” McConnell responded. When asked if that indicated the president was lying about that claim, McConnell said “you’ll have to ask him. I don’t recall any conversations with the president about that phone call.”

While speaking to reporters on the South Lawn on Oct. 3, Trump said that he and McConnell had spoken directly about the phone call, according to the official White House transcript of Trump’s remarks.

“He put out a statement that said that was the most innocent phone call he’s read. And I spoke to him about it, too,” the president said.

“He said, ‘That was the most innocent phone call that I’ve read.’ I mean, give me a break. Anybody that reads it says the same thing,” Trump added.

McConnell had previously urged the White House to release the transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy, according to two internal sources cited by The Washington Post.

The call summary released by the White House was the catalyst for an impeachment inquiry looking at whether Trump withheld nearly $400 million in foreign aid to Ukraine unless Ukrainian officials investigated his potential 2020 presidential rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. It is illegal to solicit foreign involvement in U.S. elections, and investigations have yielded no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens. 

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Boeing Ousts Top Executive as 737 Max Crisis Swells

Boeing ousted one of its top executives on Tuesday, the most significant management change the airplane maker has made as it struggles to contain the crisis following the crashes of two 737 Max jets that killed 346 people.

The executive, Kevin McAllister, was the head of Boeing’s commercial airplanes division. He had been at the center of the company’s response to the crashes and its troubled efforts to return the Max to service after regulators grounded it. This month, The New York Times reported that he was under scrutiny inside the company for his poor handling of relationships with airlines, and his management of the commercial division, which is Boeing’s largest business.

The ouster was Boeing’s most direct effort to hold someone in senior leadership accountable for the bungled handling of the Max crisis, which continues to spiral out of control. The company’s board stopped short of removing Boeing’s chief executive, Dennis A. Muilenburg, though it stripped him of his title of chairman just over a week ago.

The decision to remove Mr. McAllister was made while the Boeing board met in San Antonio on Monday. With directors and senior executives gathered for tense meetings at the plant where the company builds Air Force One, Boeing’s stock took a beating. Two analysts issued downgrades and shares plummeted to their lowest level in more than three months.

The management change adds an element of volatility to the biggest crisis in the company’s 103-year-history. The Max jets have been grounded since March, costing Boeing at least $8 billion and roiling the global aviation industry.

The company is also facing intense pressure from lawmakers in Washington. On Friday, messages became public that suggested a pilot involved in the development of the Max had voiced concerns about the automated system in 2016, months before the Federal Aviation Administration certified the plane. That system, known as MCAS, was found to have played a role in the accidents.

Those messages are expected to be of central importance when Mr. Muilenburg testifies before Congress next week. Lawmakers have spent the last several days hammering the company and its board for failing to hold anyone accountable for mistakes that may have contributed to the two crashes.

“If nothing else, it gives Dennis Muilenburg something to point to when he is on the Hill,” Richard Aboulafia, vice president for analysis at the Teal Group, a consulting firm, said of Mr. McAllister’s departure. “People are calling for action. Rightly or wrongly, he can point to this as a form of action.”

Inside Boeing, Mr. McAllister faced criticism for alienating important customers and for the cascading series of delays that has kept the Max grounded for more than seven months.

The commercial division is dealing with a raft of issues beyond the Max. They include claims of shoddy production at Boeing’s plant in Charleston, S.C.; cracking on the 737 NG, the Max’s predecessor; and the discovery of foreign objects inside the KC-46 tanker, a military aircraft that the group builds.

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Boeing remains under intense scrutiny nearly one year after the first Max jet was involved in a fatal accident.

“There were several challenging issues in the pipeline beyond the 737 Max problems,” said Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a professor at the Yale School of Management. “He had too much under his watch that was off target to maintain credibility.”

Stanley A. Deal, who had been acting as the head of global services for Boeing, will replace Mr. McAllister immediately. Mr. Deal, who has spent more than three decades at the company, has held several senior roles throughout the company, including at in the commercial airplanes division.

“We’re grateful to Kevin for his dedicated and tireless service to Boeing, its customers and its communities during a challenging time, and for his commitment to support this transition,” Mr. Muilenburg said in a statement.

Until recently, the Boeing board had resisted shaking up senior management of the company while the Max remains out of service. Several directors also were said to be sympathetic to Mr. McAllister’s argument that he had inherited many of the problems his division was dealing with, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mr. McAllister took over the commercial division in November 2016, after much of the development on the Max was completed, but before it was certified by the F.A.A.

Boeing is facing multiple investigations and lawsuits related to the crashes, including a criminal investigation being led by the Department of Justice.

Next week is the one-year anniversary of the first crash, of Lion Air Flight 610 in Indonesia. Boeing reports quarterly earnings on Wednesday, which are expected to show further slumps in sales and profits.

Since the Max’s grounding shortly after the second crash, airlines have canceled thousands of flights and lost hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

The Max’s return to service has been delayed multiple times as Boeing and global regulators have uncovered new problems with the plane. Airlines do not expect the plane to fly again until next year.

Boeing has said that if the delays persist much longer, it may be forced to halt production of the Max. Such a move would represent a drastic setback for the division that Mr. McAllister oversaw, severely disrupting Boeing’s enormous manufacturing work force and its vast network of suppliers.

“The Boeing board fully supports these leadership moves,” Boeing’s chairman, David Calhoun, said in a statement. “Boeing will emerge stronger than ever from its current challenges and the changes we’re making throughout Boeing will benefit the flying public well into the future.”

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‘This is a lynching, in every sense’: Lindsey Graham says Trump’s impeachment description ‘accurate’

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WASHINGTON – As many other lawmakers condemned President Donald Trump’s assertion that the impeachment inquiry against him amounted to a “lynching,” Sen. Lindsey Graham defended the comment and told reporters Tuesday that he thought the president’s assessment was “accurate.” 

“This is a sham. This is a joke,” the South Carolina Republican said, condemning Democrats’ handling of the inquiry. He complained that interviews were not being made public, that House Republicans were not allowed to call witnesses and that the whistleblower who filed the complaint that sparked the inquiry was allowed to remain anonymous. 

“This is a lynching, in every sense,” Graham said. “This is un-American.” 

He said lynching involves people “who are out to get somebody for no good reason” and who take “the law in their own hands.” 

“Yes, African-Americans were lynched, other people have people lynched throughout history,” Graham said. “What does lynching mean? That a mob grabs you, they don’t give you a chance to defend yourself, they don’t tell you what happened to you, they just destroy you.” 

In a tweet earlier Tuesday, Trump had shared his concerns about the precedent set by the impeachment inquiry and argued that it was being conducted “without due process or fairness or any legal rights.” 

“All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching,” he tweeted. 

Jaime Harrison, an African American Democrat challenging Graham for his seat, has called on the GOP senator to learn more about the history of lynching in South Carolina by joining him as a new museum on African American history breaks ground. Harrison wrote in a campaign email that Graham’s comments were “invoking our hate-filled past to defend Donald Trump.”

“For three generations in South Carolina, we have understood the evil history of lynching in our state,” Harrison said in an email asking for campaign donations.

“I don’t know why @LindseyGrahamSC has turned his back on Southern Carolina values, but he has,” Harrison tweeted.

The Congressional Black Caucus quickly condemned Trump’s comment.

“Lynching is a horrific stain on our country’s history,” Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., the Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman, said in a statement. “The president’s tweet is comparing a constitutional process to the prevalent and systematic brutal torture and murder of thousands, I repeat, thousands of African Americans in this country. It’s unacceptable.”

Sen. Tim Scott, South Carolina’s other Republican senator, did not condemn Trump’s tweet but he said he “wouldn’t use the word lynching.” Scott, who is African-American, said he understood Trump’s “absolute rejection” of the impeachment process, which he called a “political death-row trial.” 

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Georgia sheriff’s ‘No Trick-or-Treat’ signs trigger lawsuit from sex offenders

A group of sex offenders in Georgia is suing the Butts County Sheriff’s office for posting “No Trick-or-Treat” signs on their homes.

The Butts County Sheriff said he is using the signs to keep kids safe, but the sex offenders argued they are a violation of their rights to free speech and privacy.

The initiative began in 2018 when Butts County Sheriff Gary Long directed deputies to place “Warning! No Trick-or-Treat at this address!!” signs in the front yards of over 200 sex offenders registered in the county from Oct. 24-Nov. 2. The sheriff’s office plans to use the same tactic again this year, and three registered sex offenders have filed suit.

In a Facebook post, Sheriff Gary Long said he had instituted the signs as a result of the cancellation of a local Halloween festival, “Halloween on the Square,” and the subsequent influx of door-to-door trick-or-treaters. He said they had been following Georgia law and protecting children when they implemented the public warnings.

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“The law allows the sheriff to put a list of registered sex offenders at his office, at the courthouse, on the internet,” the lead attorney for the petitioners, Mark Yurachek, told Fox 5 Atlanta. “It does not allow him to go door-to-door telling people you have a sex offender living next door to you.”

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“I’m just not sure that this kind of action makes your kids any safer,” Yurachek said of the initiative. “It just makes your constitutional rights less safe.”

“The trespass stuff is pretty clear. They’re coming onto their property and putting the signs on there,” Yurachek added.

Their attorney argued that since the Georgis State Sex Offender Registry does not require offenders to post these signs, they shouldn’t be forced by local deputie to have them displayed outside.

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“They are individuals who have been brave enough to not be afraid to let the public know that they are registered sex offenders, but are also not willing to tolerate this unlawful action by the sheriff,” said Yurachek. Registrants have no obligation to inform the public of their status, according to the attorney.

“I understand that there are a lot of people who think this is a great idea, who think ‘Yeah this protects my kids, but what they should be thinking about is ‘Does this protect my rights?'” Yuracheck said.

Long said that regardless of the Judge’s ruling on Thursday, he would do everything within the law to protect the community’s children.

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Other counties in Georgia also used the “No Trick-or-Treat” signs, such as Monroe and Lamar counties. In Monroe County, if an offender didn’t want a sign in their yard, they had to wait in the lobby of the local sheriff’s office during trick-or-treat hours on Halloween.

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Georgia sheriff’s ‘No Trick-or-Treat’ signs trigger lawsuit from sex offenders

A group of sex offenders in Georgia is suing the Butts County Sheriff’s office for posting “No Trick-or-Treat” signs on their homes.

The Butts County Sheriff said he is using the signs to keep kids safe, but the sex offenders argued they are a violation of their rights to free speech and privacy.

The initiative began in 2018 when Butts County Sheriff Gary Long directed deputies to place “Warning! No Trick-or-Treat at this address!!” signs in the front yards of over 200 sex offenders registered in the county from Oct. 24-Nov. 2. The sheriff’s office plans to use the same tactic again this year, and three registered sex offenders have filed suit.

In a Facebook post, Sheriff Gary Long said he had instituted the signs as a result of the cancellation of a local Halloween festival, “Halloween on the Square,” and the subsequent influx of door-to-door trick-or-treaters. He said they had been following Georgia law and protecting children when they implemented the public warnings.

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“The law allows the sheriff to put a list of registered sex offenders at his office, at the courthouse, on the internet,” the lead attorney for the petitioners, Mark Yurachek, told Fox 5 Atlanta. “It does not allow him to go door-to-door telling people you have a sex offender living next door to you.”

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“I’m just not sure that this kind of action makes your kids any safer,” Yurachek said of the initiative. “It just makes your constitutional rights less safe.”

“The trespass stuff is pretty clear. They’re coming onto their property and putting the signs on there,” Yurachek added.

Their attorney argued that since the Georgis State Sex Offender Registry does not require offenders to post these signs, they shouldn’t be forced by local deputie to have them displayed outside.

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“They are individuals who have been brave enough to not be afraid to let the public know that they are registered sex offenders, but are also not willing to tolerate this unlawful action by the sheriff,” said Yurachek. Registrants have no obligation to inform the public of their status, according to the attorney.

“I understand that there are a lot of people who think this is a great idea, who think ‘Yeah this protects my kids, but what they should be thinking about is ‘Does this protect my rights?'” Yuracheck said.

Long said that regardless of the Judge’s ruling on Thursday, he would do everything within the law to protect the community’s children.

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Other counties in Georgia also used the “No Trick-or-Treat” signs, such as Monroe and Lamar counties. In Monroe County, if an offender didn’t want a sign in their yard, they had to wait in the lobby of the local sheriff’s office during trick-or-treat hours on Halloween.

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