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Judge Andrew Napolitano says Jussi Smollett mailed the threatening letter to himself, via the post office, he could face mail fraud charges.
“Empire” actor Jussi Smollett alleged hate crime attack unraveled after the police allegedly stated: “he made use of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career” by allegedly paying two brothers to the attack against him. He is now facing felony charges for allegedly orchestrating the “fake” hate crime attack.
Here are other recent alleged hate crimes — many of which in the first instance, reported to have been carried out by pro-Trump aggressors — that turned out to be completely fake.
Ex-Drake student Kissie Ram guilty of lying about racist note
A former student at the Drake University admitted to lying about a racist comment that turned out to be a hoax.
Former Drake University student Kissie Ram, 19, pleaded guilty in January 2019 for the lie about a racist remark that they originally claimed had shoved under her dorm room door in Des Moines.
The Des Moines Register reported in November that some students at Drake University reported notes slipped under their doors said: “We have decided that we no longer want [you] on our campus. That means that you need to leave or else.”
The note was slipped after the school was targeted with racist robo-calls demanding African-American students be expelled to Africa.
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However, an investigation brought to light that only one of the comments was legitimate, and four others were copycats of the original note, the Des Moines Register reported at the end of November.
Last month, Ram pleaded guilty to making a false report of a public authority and was sentenced to pay a fine of $200, to perform 50 hours of community service and a year probation. They also received a deferred judgment, which allows her convictions in the case be removed from the court records if she fulfills her probation conditions.
A university spokesman said in January that the Ram was suspected of writing two of the comments as part of her hoax, and that they are still investigating who may have written the other two, including the first reported Nov. 7.
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NY wife Adwoa Lewis falsely claimed teenagers shouted ‘Trump 2016,” was hateful note
Adwoa Lewis, 19, was arrested and charged with making a false punishable written statement, police said.
(Nassau County Police Department)
Adwoa Lewis, 19, of Baldwin, New York, told the police that she was driving home around 11 a.m. on Sept. 2, 2018 when four teens confronted her, and cried, “Trump 2016!” and he told her that she is not here at home.
The next day, she told the police, the tires of her car slashed and a note left behind read, “Go Home.”
A police investigation discovered that Lewis’ alleged confrontation with the teens never occurred and that she had written the note herself and put it on her car.
Lewis was charged with making a false punishable written statement.
Kansas man Dauntarius Williams, tagging his own car with racist graffiti: police
Kansas resident Dauntarius Williams, who is black, alleged in photos posted on the social media end of October 2017, that his vehicle was covered with racist remarks against blacks, and messages that included “Go Home,” “Date your own kind” and “Die”.
The Riley County Police Department revealed, however, that the then 21-year-old man told the researchers that he is the racist graffiti on his own car, as part of a Halloween joke that got out of hand.
Authorities determined that the charging Williams with the submission of a false declaration would “not be in the best interest of the citizens of Manhattan, Kansas. The police said Williams was “truly remorseful and expressed sincere regret” that his actions have resulted in negative attention from the media.
NYC Muslim woman claiming that three men taunted her on the train, and cried, ‘Donald Trump’ was false
A month after the 2016 presidential election, when 18-year-old Yasmin Seweid, who is Muslim, reported that three men taunted her on board of a New York City subway, shouting “Donald Trump” and called her a terrorist. She claimed one of the men tried to remove her headscarf.
Within two weeks of her claims, police said she admitted to lying because she had broken her curfew. She was arrested on charges of filing a false report and obstructing governmental administration.
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Indiana organist, admitted to painting the words “HEIL HITLER” on the wall of the cemetery after the election results disappointment
Georgia Nathaniel Bar-admitted to the painting of the words “Heil Hitler” on the wall of an Indiana church where he is organist.
Georgia Nathaniel Rod, 26, Bloomington, Indiana pled guilty to institutional criminal mischief in April of 2018, after he admitted to vandalizing the church where he worked as an organist.
The police said they received a call on Nov. 13, 2016, that someone had painted with the words “Heil Hitler” on the north wall of the St. David’s Episcopal Church. A swastika and a gay slur was also painted on the church of the west side of the wall.
After a six-month investigation, police determined that vandalized the church to “mobilize a movement” after being disappointed in the results of the 2016 presidential election.
Rod told FOX59 that he “wholeheartedly” regretted his actions and that they are not representative of his views.
“One of the things I regret the most is adding more hatred in a world that has so much,” he said.
Ex-Indiana State University professor accused of making false anti-Muslim threats
Azhar Hussain, a former assistant professor at Indiana State University, was accused of making false reports of anti-Muslim threats against him.
Azhar Hussain, a former assistant professor of aviation in the Indian State University, was arrested in April 2017, for allegedly creating and sending e-mails on the campus with anti-Muslim messages and threats from a month earlier.
The university and the police said that some of the e-mails specifically mentioned Hussain as a goal.
“On the basis of the research, it is our belief that Hussain was trying to gain sympathy by the victim of the anti-Islamic threats that he had made in himself,” Joseph Newport, head of the ISU’s of the police, told FOX59.
Hussain pleaded guilty to felony charges of obstruction of justice and intimidation. He got a years probation, sentence suspended to informal probation, the Terre Haute Tribune-Star reported.
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Former Capital University student manufactured hate crime ‘gain attention’
A former student at Capital University was accused of making hate crimes to “get attention.”
Jalen Mitchell, a former Capital University student, confessed in the beginning of 2017, “the filing of multiple false reports to campus police” after claiming that he found a note with racist and homophobic language taped to the back door of his university-owned house.
He told the Columbia, the Ohio university student newspaper, The Carillon, that he fabricated the alleged assault, and made the note because he wanted the people to notice him.
“It was a way to try to get attention, to say that Someone sees me, I’m dying inside,” he said. “I didn’t want to be the cause of the alarm, it was not my intention to scare anyone. I just wanted to be seen…not for fame, just the confirmation.”
The matter was referred to the university Judicial Affairs.
American-Israeli student made fake bomb threats targeting AMERICAN Jewish centers in Florida
Tel Aviv district court in 2018, convicted teenager Michael Ron David Kadar, a hacker who holds dual Israeli and American citizenship, from the creation of a series of bomb threats targeting Jewish centers in the United States.
The then 18-year-old was arrested after a trans-Atlantic investigation by the FBI after dozens of anonymous anti-Semitic threats in 2017. The police said Kadar, from the south of Israel, uses advanced technology to mask the origin of his conversations and communications to the synagogues, community buildings and public places.
He was also charged by the U.S. Department of Justice.
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