DESANTIS ORDERS PROBE INTO FL SEX TRAFFICKING CASE

FLORIDA Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) last week ordered a state criminal probe into the actions of Palm Beach sheriff Ric Bradshaw and former Palm Beach state attorney Barry Krischer for their handling of the 2008 underage sex trafficking case involving millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein. In spite of being a convicted sex offender charged with molesting dozens of underage girls, Epstein was granted very lenient work release privileges. Both men have denied any wrongdoing. Epstein is now under criminal indictment for more sex abuse charges in New York. (MIAMI HERALD)

HUTCHINSON CALLS FOR AR HATE CRIME LAW

Saying “people should not be targeted because of who they are,” ARKANSAS Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) called on Razorback State lawmakers to pass a hate crimes law to address crimes based on religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. The governor said he is also willing to consider a so-called “red flag” law but has not yet seen a proposal he could support. (ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE [LITTLE ROCK])

 

-- Compiled by RICH EHISEN