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Defense Lawyer In Millionaire’s Rape Trial Says Women ‘Can Be Especially Good At Lying’ (UPDATE)

UPDATE: 6:33 p.m. ― Tennessee tech mogul Mark Giannini was found not guilty on Friday of raping a woman who had applied for a housekeeping job at his Memphis mansion.


A 28-year-old mother of four says a wealthy Tennessee tech mogul raped and choked her during a 2014 job interview at his Memphis mansion.

The millionaire’s lawyer says she wasn’t raped — she’s a woman and “women can be especially good at lying.”

“There’s always a reason behind a lie,” defense attorney Steve Farese said Thursday during closing arguments in the trial of 51-year-old Mark Giannini, who is accused of raping the woman for several hours in June 2014. “People can be very good at lying. Women can be especially good at it because they’re the weaker sex and we … want to protect them and not have anybody take advantage of them.”

Fatima Goss Graves, president-elect of the National Women’s Law Center, told HuffPost Farese’s remarks are “shocking” and “outrageous” and should result in punishment to “make it clear to all attorneys that this sort of conduct will not be tolerated.”

The lawyer’s comments “have no place in a courtroom or anywhere else,” Graves said. “These sorts of ideas and myths about rape are precisely what makes it hard for a woman to come forward and report a rape in the first place.”

According to The Commercial Appeal, Farese went beyond calling the woman a liar. He accused her of showing up in court dressed like an “Amish person” and of having the ability to cry “on cue.” He pointed to a prior arrest for drug smuggling, and said the prosecution declined to admit her halter top into evidence because it was “sexy,” The Commercial Appeal reported.

Jessica Banti, the Shelby County assistant district attorney prosecuting the case, acknowledged the woman’s past, and suggested Giannini felt that made him untouchable.

“No one was going to believe her over him,” Banti said.

The woman told sheriff’s investigators she was raped after she allowed Giannini to drive her to his home on June 19, 2014, for an overview of a housecleaning job, according to court documents. She said Giannini gave her a drink containing an unknown substance and began kissing her aggressively and pulling her hair.

The victim alleges Giannini performed several sexual acts on her, and at some point “put his hands around her throat and she blacked out,” Banti said in court. “She woke up in the hospital.”

Detectives who went to Giannini’s gated home on June 23, 2014, said he refused to allow them onto the property. When he later presented himself to investigators, he was “perspiring profusely and had fresh cuts and scratches on his legs,” according to a detective’s sworn statement.

A search of Giannini’s mansion turned up more than $16,000 in cash, 24 firearms, and various pills, including Viagra, Xanax and hydrocodone, police said. Detectives said they also found baskets of women’s panties, a sheriff’s badge, sex toys and nipple clamps.

Two women who used to work for Giannini also have accused him of rape, and he awaits trial in those cases. 

Farese suggested during Giannini’s three-day trial that sex between his client and the woman was consensual ― and possibly prearranged.

“The man is not guilty,” Farese said. “Has he done things that are immoral, yes, you cannot legislate morality. It’s the oldest profession in the book. Am I calling [her] a bad name because she was engaged in the oldest profession in the book out of desperation? No.”

The woman’s motive for accusing Giannini is rooted in money, Farese said. Giannini, who earned the bulk of his fortune from the sale of a technology company, is worth an estimated $8 million. The woman, according to Farese, is seeking $6 million in a civil lawsuit against Giannini.

Farese told jurors to “follow the money.”

Jurors began deliberating the case Friday morning. 

Even if Giannini is acquitted, he faces a string of legal battles. In addition to the civil suit, he faces trial on two more rape charges, WMC Action News reported. He’s accused of raping a 23-year-old employee in his home in September 2013, and of raping a 19-year-old employee at gunpoint in 2011. He has pleaded not guilty in both cases.

Mark Giannini decides not to testify in his defense @3onyourside

— Ian Ripple (@Ripple1026) April 20, 2017

Giannini will likely remain behind bars for the time being. His $3 million bond was revoked in January, after he was indicted on charges of bribery and coercion of a witness stemming from allegations he paid someone to bribe a woman he is accused of raping.

David Lohr covers crime and missing persons. Tips? Feedback? Send an email or follow him on Twitter.

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Trump OKs DACA Amnesty: ‘This Is a Case of Heart’

Illegal aliens who crossed the border as children don’t have to worry about being sent home, President Donald Trump told the Associated Press in a Friday interview.

Trump OKs DACA Amnesty: ‘This Is a Case of Heart’

Illegal aliens who crossed the border as children don’t have to worry about being sent home, President Donald Trump told the Associated Press in a Friday interview.

Renowned Chefs Share Tips They Want You To Master In New Documentary

A number of world-renowned chefs have come together in a new documentary to impart a critical kitchen skill: how to keep food out of the trash.

“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste,” which debuts Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, outlines the crisis surrounding food waste and how leaders in the restaurant industry are working to combat it.

Worldwide, one third of the food produced is lost or squandered and typically winds up in landfills, where it releases methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas.

The reasons why the food is discarded often has nothing to do with its edibility. Some restaurants are reluctant to donate leftovers, citing fears of lawsuits, while supermarkets tend not to sell produce that’s bruised or blemished. And all of this is happening while about 800 million people struggle with hunger.

The film, which was produced by chef Anthony Bourdain – of the Travel Channel and CNN fame – features a number of other household names, including Mario Batali and Massimo Bottura. The chefs share the steps they’re taking to help combat the problem and raise awareness around the issue.

In the clip above, Bottura, a three-time Michelin star chef, talks about the life cycle of bread, and how it can be elongated: You can use it for bruschetta on its first day out of the oven, and grate it into bread crumbs after three days, when it starts getting hard, he explains. 

Bottura has been involved in a number of other initiatives to help curb food waste. During the Olympics in Rio last summer, for example, he and another celebrity chef used the leftovers that came out of Olympic Village to make meals for people in need. The goal was to churn out about 5,000 meals a day for homeless people and other underserved groups. 

“We mostly hope to become an example for others,” Bottura told HuffPost Italy last summer, “and that work like ours will help favor social integration through a commitment to fighting waste and redistributing resources. We would like to see the commitment to this cultural project expand and multiply all over the world.” 

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Henrietta Lacks’ Cells Are Still Helping Protect Women From Cervical Cancer

When Henrietta Lacks was being treated for cervical cancer more than 60 years ago, her cells were taken for medical research without her consent. This ethical controversy became the subject of a 2010 best-selling book, Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, and now an HBO movie of the same name starring Oprah Winfrey.

Despite radiation therapy and surgery, Lacks died from the cancer in 1951. But her cells, known to scientists as HeLa cells, have played a role in many scientific advancements ― and have helped protect other young women from the cervical cancer that took Lacks’ life.

Each year, some 12,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 4,000 women die from it. Because not all HPV infections lead to cervical cancer, there are no estimates available of how many cases of cervical cancer were prevented thanks to the HPV vaccine, and, ultimately, the HeLa cells.

However, HPV vaccinations do prevent infections from two high-risk viruses that cause 70 percent of cervical cancers, and virtually all cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV.

Because the HeLa cells came from a cancerous tumor, they multiplied quickly, allowing scientists to start a line of human cells that can live outside the body. Every 24 hours, a new generation of cells is reproduced, creating a wealth of biological material to work with. 

“It is well acknowledged that many biological discoveries wouldn’t have been possible without the HeLa cell line,” said Dr. Jasmin Tiro, an associate professor in the clinical science department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

How HeLa Cells Led To A Vaccine For HPV

In the 1980s, the German virologist Harald zur Hausen found that HeLa cells contained human papillomavirus 18 (HPV-18), one of the strains of HPV that can cause cervical cancer. Scientists used this cell line to help develop an HPV vaccine, which was introduced in 2006 and has since helped reduce HPV cases in teenage girls by almost two-thirds.

“HPV can cause an infection that can be persistent,” Tiro said. “It can cause abnormal precancerous cells in various parts of the body. If your body can’t eradicate that infection, those precancerous cells can progress and lead to cervical cancer.”

When HPV-18 inserts its DNA into healthy cells, the cells start producing proteins that can lead to cancer. However, not all people with HPV develop cancer. If the virus causes the cells to become genetically unstable, and compromises their ability to fight off tumors, the results can be deadly ― as they were for Lacks.

Doctors use two tests to screen women for cervical cancer: an HPV DNA test to detect the risk of the virus developing into cancer, and a Pap test to detect precancerous cells in the cervix.

Right now, Tiro and Dr. Rachel Winer, an associate professor at the University of Washington’s department of epidemiology, are working on a trial to mail HPV self-screening kits to under-screened women, in hopes that this can increase the rate of screenings, preventing HPV and cervical cancer.

The HPV Vaccine Still Faces Resistance 

Many women may not prioritize getting screened, and according to a study, fewer than half of women know that HPV can cause cervical cancer. What’s more, since HPV is a sexually transmitted infection, it can be stigmatizing for women.

“Some women don’t necessarily see screening as important,” Tiro said. “Those at risk for developing cervical cancer are young women, mothers, and they might not be prioritizing screenings at that time. Sometimes it’s that they don’t have regular contact with the health care system.”

The Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved home screenings for HPV, so these early efforts are simply a trial. However, doctors do recommend the HPV vaccine. The newest formulation of the vaccine prevents nine HPV strains known to cause cervical cancer, as well as anal, oral, head and neck cancers.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the HPV vaccination for children ages 11 and 12, though doctors often don’t push the HPV vaccine the way they do with other children’s vaccinations. Many parents hesitate to let their children get the vaccine due to general misconceptions about vaccine safety, even though scientific evidence shows that they reduce the risk of disease in children.

“Cancer centers are trying to raise awareness about the fact that HPV is a cancer protection vaccine,” Tiro said. “It’s one of the first times we have a cure for cancer that’s available.”

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Thousands Of Spiders Cover New Zealand Field With Giant Webs

When Tracey Maris and her family decided to spend Easter Sunday at the Gordon Spratt Reserve in Papamoa, on New Zealand’s east coast, they couldn’t anticipate what awaited them on their arrival.

They noticed something gleaming and fluttering on the grass ― and it wasn’t flowers. It was row after row of a ribbon of cobwebs apparently spun by thousands of tiny spiders, according to SunLive

“The web started at the top of the mound which is up above the soccer fields,” Maris told SunLive. “It went almost right down to Papamoa College. I read an article about the same kind of thing a few years back where a whole heap of spiders created the same effect to escape flooding.”

The New Zealand Herald reported how the giant cobweb appeared like a giant spider’s nest to Maris.

“We thought surely there are no spiders inside that,” Maris told the newspaper. “We walked further up and our feet started getting stuck in the cobwebs, and then we noticed little black things on top.

“So, as you do, we screamed really loudly. Oh my god, they were everywhere ― literally thousands of them.”

When the spiders started crawling up her son’s legs, Maris said she turned on her phone to videotape the arachnid close encounter, as seen in the following video.  

“It was just fascinating ― I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,” Maris said.

Local Canterbury Museum curator and spider expert, Cor Vink, told the New Zealand Herald that multiple cobwebs are actually normal when spiders seek out higher ground following flooding in the area.

“What a lot of people don’t realize is a pasture is full of spiders munching away on things, and what they tend to do is move around by releasing a drag line of silk to help them in case they fall,” Vink said.

“The other way to get around, especially with smaller spiders, is they will point their bums in the air and release a line of silk ― it’s called ballooning,” Vink added. “The wind picks them up, releases them along the way and they land and that piece of silk lands with them. It’s like spider parachutes.”

New Zealand isn’t the only place on Earth where the multi-legged creatures build incredible webs, as seen in the video below.

It’s amazing what a lot of itsy bitsy spiders can do when they put their collective mind to it.

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These Are The Dumbest, Most Useless Things Twitter Users Bought (Other Than Juicero)

I asked Twitter an innocent question Friday: What, besides Juicero, the $400 Wi-Fi-enabled bag-squeezer the internet has been mocking all week, is the dumbest, most useless thing you’ve ever bought?

The responses were fantastic.

Here are some of the funniest, ranked from bad decisions to very bad decisions to hilariously bad decisions. (I’ve excluded the most common answers, which included college, grad school, gym memberships, class rings, exes, pogs, letterman jackets, and, of course, in-app purchases. I also excluded the ones that kept it super-real.)

@NickBaumann An f’ing Roomba

— kristin nicholson (@circlekdc) April 21, 2017

@NickBaumann The Scooba (roomba but for mopping)

— Soros Cash Taker (@Kristinmedd) April 21, 2017

Betting on the Cleveland Browns to cover.

— Kevin Bartner (@heshsson) April 21, 2017

I pay for cable, so … CNN, I guess?

— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) April 21, 2017

well tailored suits when I’ve never weighed the same amount for more than like 6 months

— Logan Dobson (@LoganDobson) April 21, 2017

It’s @coin… & it’s not even close.

— Cambro (@CambroLiving) April 21, 2017

(I also purchased a Coin because I make extremely bad decisions.) Also, the list starts getting better here.

@NickBaumann my phone froze when i was trying to pay 5$ for pokemon go currency and i accidentally spend 50 bucks.

— Jennifer G (@jennifergeewhiz) April 21, 2017

death star

— darth:™ (@darth) April 21, 2017

A mini-drone, two-tone wingtip shoes, grad school, bagpipes

— Alex Parker (@AlexParker) April 21, 2017

@NickBaumann a robot gutter cleaner

— Ann Marie Gamble (@amgamble) April 21, 2017

The family cat.

— Ali (@anniesperson) April 21, 2017

“Independence Day: Resurgence.”

— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) April 21, 2017

@NickBaumann Minnesota timberwolves season tickets…

In 2013

— Plaid and Bougie (@zachserickson) April 21, 2017

$25 Coors Light pool stick that broke after four shots.

— Matt Sheehan (@Sheehan_Sports) April 21, 2017

@NickBaumann I was on a drunken road trip from NYC to Akron OH and picked up this cigar burn (supposed to be a tattoo of a star)

— Michele Ahern (@micheleahern) April 21, 2017

Postmates chick fil a with a delivery fee higher than the food subtotal itself when the chick fil a was a 10min walk from my apartment

— alexandra beaton (@aabeaton) April 21, 2017

Home deep fryer. Later I realized that I already own pots that can hold hot oil, are cleanable, and don’t take up three cubic feet of space.

— Sam Bergman (@violanorth) April 21, 2017

@NickBaumann Goddamn slapchop.

— Scott Unger (@scottu487) April 21, 2017

@NickBaumann I was high as shit in Toronto and spent like $80 on a vintage fake leather jacket with a huge fuckin yellow stop sign on the back

— sick transit, gloria (@samknight1) April 21, 2017

Bought a Congressman his beer once.

— Matt Laslo (@MattLaslo) April 21, 2017

@NickBaumann I spent $5000 on a vanity domain.

— Dan Rosart (@_Torgen) April 21, 2017

bought an HD-DVD player like six months before blu-ray won out and for years could only watch “king kong” and “transformers” in HD.

— joseph diebold (@josephdiebold) April 21, 2017

About 3 grand on competitive paintball gear…

— Cowboy Socialist (@MPAVictoria) April 21, 2017

@NickBaumann Cat furniture

— Dissident Elizabeth (@elizabethgeno) April 21, 2017

@NickBaumann This enormous bow-shaped fannypack that has only a tiny pouch the size of a credit card.

— Crooked Hillary (@Hilldawgg) April 21, 2017

These are my favorites (as of 6 p.m. Friday; responses are still rolling in.)

An ornamental, near life-size ceramic Great Dane which is currently sitting in my office.

— Taylor Huckaby (@iwriterealgood) April 21, 2017

I drunkenly bought a Bluetooth frying pan.

— This American Adam (@adamconner) April 21, 2017

$120 Italian general’s uniform I got off eBay for Halloween in college.

— Matt Ford (@fordm) April 21, 2017

Bought an $80 violin on Amazon Prime. I will neither confirm nor deny whether alcohol was involved.

— Nathaniel Horadam (@NW_Horadam) April 21, 2017

i bought a banjo on ebay in 2012, with my student loan, and it was too fucked up and old to ever work. also i’d never played banjo

— libby watson (@libbycwatson) April 21, 2017

I vanity published a book that I now despise and refuse to even keep in my house. $500

— Never Watch Football (@LakdifFlanchzed) April 21, 2017

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Breitbart’s Boyle on One America: Obamacare Repeal Has a Chance to Pass if Paul Ryan Stays on Sidelines

Breitbart News’ Washington political editor Matthew Boyle joined One America News Network (OANN) to discuss the future of repealing and replacing Obamacare in the wake of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s failure to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) last month. Boyle made the point that the way House Republicans can succeed in passing any health care legislation is to keep Ryan on the sidelines, and continue forward with negotiations directly between House Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and House Tuesday Group co-chairman Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), since Ryan’s unpopularity jeopardizes the Republican Party’s chance at success. “Mark Meadows and Tom MacArthur have gotten together and negotiated out a fix, a new bill, a series of compromises from both sides that likely could pass the House of Representatives,” Boyle said. Boyle noted that the House Freedom Caucus has been trying to get legislation that would lower Americans’ healthcare premiums, something Ryan’s original bill did not do. “The number one goal of House Republicans, especially conservatives, is to lower people’s premiums so that they’re paying less for health insurance but they still have health insurance,” Boyle said. “That’s the impetus here. That’s the key thing these guys are negotiating

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