The Daily Moth 2-12-2020

The Daily Moth 2-12-2020


Hello, welcome to The Daily Moth! It is Wednesday, February 12.
Ready for news? Bernie Sanders got
the most votes in the New Hampshire
primary with 25%. Pete Buttigieg came in a very
close second place with 24%. The difference between them
was only about 4,000 votes. Amy Klobuchar had a strong,
surprising third place finish with 19%. Elizabeth Warren and
Joe Biden had bad nights – both were almost 50,000 votes
behind Bernie Sanders. Andrew Yang announced last night
that he is dropping out after getting less than
3 percent of the vote. He is known for his “universal
basic income” concept where every American was to
get $1,000 a month to boost the economy and as
a response to future job losses due to automation/robots. Yang thanked
his “Yang Gang” and tweeted that “we’ll be back.” Former Massachusetts Gov.
Deval Patrick also announced he was dropping out. He joined the presidential race
three months ago and had hoped to win a substantial percentage
of the vote in New Hampshire, but only got less
than 1 percent. Now that Yang and
Patrick have dropped out, there is only one Democratic
candidate of color – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI). She finished in seventh
place in New Hampshire, behind billionaire Tom Steyer. The Democratic field is very
different now from the diversity seen during the October 15
debate in Ohio – where there were 7 white candidates
and 5 candidates of color. It was not a surprise that
Bernie won New Hampshire, because he also finished ahead
of Hillary Clinton in 2016 and is from Vermont. Bernie thanked his campaign
volunteers and said their hard work was
the reason why they won. Buttigieg’s second-place
finish in New Hampshire – combined with his win in Iowa,
although it is not yet final – shows that he has powered
his way through the crowded Democratic field and has
the lead in delegate totals. He is the first openly gay
candidate for president to win delegates for
a major party convention (Democratic or Republican). Klobuchar received almost 20%
of the vote and six delegates. Bernie and Buttigieg
received nine delegates each. The New York Times explained
that Klobuchar invested heavily in New Hampshire after Iowa. She also had a strong
debate performance. She said last night that
“we have beaten the odds.” Her challenge will be to
maintain that momentum. President Trump had almost
120,000 people come out to the polls to vote for him, which
is double than what Obama had in 2012 as an incumbent
and running for re-election. Trump gave a rally in
Manchester, N.H. on Monday and said it was to
“shake up the Dems a bit.” The next election events are the
Nevada caucuses on February 22 and the South Carolina
primary on February 29. Dwayne Wade, a well-known
retired NBA star, and his wife, actress
Gabrielle Union, have given interviews to talk
about how they have supported their 12-year-old child
Zaya in her decision to use she/her pronouns and
identify as a transgender girl. Wade said on
“The Ellen Show” that Zaya had a birth gender of male. Wade said that Zaya (recently)
came home and asked to have a discussion about changing her
name and using she/her pronouns. Wade said “when our child
comes home with a question, when our child comes
home with an issue… it is our job as parents
to listen to that, to give them the best
information we can, the best feedback we can… and that doesn’t change because
sexuality is now involved.” Wade and Union said they reached
out to people from the LGBTQ+ community to
get more information and educate themselves. Union posted a video on
Twitter of Zaya talking with her father on a golf cart. Zaya said,
“Just be true to yourself – what is the point of
being on this earth if you’re going to try and
be someone you’re not.” Zaya said it is worth it
when you can look in the mirror and
say “hi” to yourself. The Denver Post reported that
the Denver City Council has voted 7 to 5 to repeal
a ban on pit bulls that has been in
place since 1989. Owners will have to apply for
a “restricted” pit bull license and show proof that it is
microchipped and vaccinated. If there are no major issues
with animal safety in three years, then
the “restricted” license is no longer needed and
the dog can be registered the same as any other dog breed. The mayor said
he has not decided to sign the ordinance or not. The Denver Post said during
a city council public meeting, there was an equal amount of
people speaking out in support for ending the ban and those who
wanted the ban to stay in place. A veterinary expert told
the Post that “there is no specific data to show that one
breed is more dangerous than another,” that it is not true
that pit bull-type dogs have “locking jaws”
that cause more damage, and that responsible
pet ownership is key. More than 900 U.S. cities
have breed-specific ordinances, most of them targeting
pit bull type dogs. Denver will reevaluate
the decision to legalize pit bulls in two years with data
analysis from animal control. On Tuesday afternoon,
deaf man Mavrick Fisher, who is charged with murdering
deaf man Grant Whitaker in northern California, appeared
before a Lake County judge for a pretrial conference. Daily Moth reporter Callie Frye
was able to attend the hearing in Lakeport and she described
what happened in a call with me last night. I saw Mavrick seated
among other prisoners in the jury seating area. I observed the room and
it was interesting that the two interpreters
did not interpret for other prisoners’ cases
before the judge. The interpreters were seated and
Mavrick was staring into space, passing the time. He did glance often at his
mother and tried to communicate with her, but they knew they
couldn’t talk with each other because it would violate the law
if someone in the audience was to talk with a prisoner. Mavrick and his mother
looked at each other often. I arrived at 1:30
in the afternoon, but waited until it
was almost 4:00 pm. It was at the last
part, at 3:45 pm, when it was finally
Mavrick’s turn. He left to meet with his lawyer
and interpreter twice — they left the room
and came back in, then left and came back again. They were confidential
meetings with his lawyer. There was a long break of
about 45 minutes in which the district attorney
and Mavrick’s lawyer had a private meeting. The spectators had to wait. There was another 15-minute
break where the lawyer, Mavrick, and his interpreter
had a meeting. That was the second meeting. After all of us got
back to the courtroom, Mavrick was visibly crying
and wiping away his tears. I wondered what happened, but
the discussions were private. Then Mavrick was
called to approach. The district attorney
asked for a postponement, but the defense
lawyer said “no.” The district attorney said
she needed more phone evidence and
records from Grant’s phone. They needed more time
to examine it. The defense lawyer explained
to the judge that Mavrick was suffering isolation in jail
and had emotional distress because of his disability and
communication difficulties. He said Mavrick was lonely. The judge agreed and approved
a postponement of the pretrial conference so the district
attorney can have more time to gather additional evidence. It was postponed to February
24 at 1:30 in the afternoon. But the trial was
not postponed, the date of March 11
will stay the same. After the hearing, I talked with
Mavrick’s mother and asked her if she had any comments. She said she was touched by
Mavrick’s incident and said it was because of self-defense. I asked if she wanted
to share anything more. She said the trial was
to happen on March 11. She said that Mavrick does
suffer in jail from loneliness and isolation. That’s it. Mavrick’s mother said
she wanted to stay behind to talk with the defense
lawyer and I left. That’s all. No, there was no barrier set up. I could see everything
when Mavrick appeared before the judge. I could see the interpreter
standing up between the judge and Mavrick. There was another interpreter
seated between Mavrick and his defense lawyer. It was easy and clear
to see everything. There were no CDIs. Thank you Callie for your time
to attend the hearing and for the report. So, we see that there is
no settlement – no deal of a reduced
sentence for a guilty plea. The trial date is still
scheduled for March 11 with another pretrial
conference on February 24. I reached out to the Lake County
District Attorney Susan Krones and asked her if she could
provide additional information. Krones told me that yesterday
was a “trial readiness conference” and that
it was to determine if they were ready for trial. The district attorney said
she proposed the trial to be postponed to May but
that Mavrick did not want to postpone, so it is
still set for March 11. Krones said there would
be further discussion on the February 24
“trial readiness conference” and there might be more
discussion about whether or not the trial will start on March 11
or be postponed. I asked Krones if there
have been discussions with Mavrick’s lawyer
about a settlement. She said there have
been discussions, but that there have
been no offers but that there will be more discussions
before February 24. Krones confirmed that she is
waiting for phone data from various phones and
will turn that in for the discovery process for the
defense to have access to it. She also said there are a few
other investigation areas that are ongoing so she wants to
make sure she has all that done before the trial begins. I also reached out to Mavrick’s
defense attorney for comment, but did not get
an immediate response. Now, about the phone data
that both Callie and DA Krones mentioned, it is possible that
it has to do with a phone that was found in Grant’s
grandmother’s car that he was driving in California. The car was found abandoned
by police near a Dollar General store at Clearlake Oaks after
Mavrick had already fled to Mexico. Mavrick used the car
to transport Grant’s body after the alleged
murder on August 20. The car was found on August 24. Grant’s body was found
a short time later at a ranch where the two worked. Here is a clip from the
preliminary hearing in October. At that time the focus was
to retrieve the cell phone. Someone told me that
there was a phone. Where did you find the phone? I found it in the glove
box compartment. Did you figure out
who owned the phone? I am sorry, I couldn’t. The iPhone was locked. The sheriff’s office doesn’t
have the technology to bypass Apple’s operating
system and security. So, we see that there is
still additional evidence that the DA’s office is seeking. Mavrick is charged with
premediated murder, assault with a deadly
weapon (a rock) with a special allegation of
inflicting great bodily harm, removing and keeping
possession of a car (that I just mentioned)
from a dead body, and grand theft auto. He faces a maximum of life
in penalty if convicted on the premediated murder charge. California has suspended
capital punishment so there is no death penalty,
only life in prison. That is all the updates
I have for now. That is all for today. See you tomorrow
and stay with the light! Captioned by
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