Caroline Biden has avoided jail for the third time after she recently pleaded guilty to an August 2019 DUI incident.
The President-elect’s niece crashed her car into a tree last summer and was sentenced to between 20 days and six months of “confinement” following her December 3 hearing, as reported by the New York Post.
The sentence was lessened to five or more months of probation and 20 days of rehab after she reached a plea deal with the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania district judge. She will also face a fine of less than $2,000.
“She will be on probation,” said Director of Communications for Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Kate Delano to the New York Post. “Should she then violate or break the law at any time, then she will be on the hook for the rest of the sentence.”
The Post reports that Biden’s car had carisoprodol and lorazepam inside and a blood test found both drugs, as well as others, in her body at the time of the car accident.
The plea deal is the third time Caroline Biden will avoid prison after allegedly committing a crime.
In 2013, she was arrested for hitting a police officer after a fight with her roommate over rent payments. She was let off, agreeing to attend anger management classes, according to the reports.
Four years later, Caroline Biden had another run-in with the law after spending over $110,000 on a stolen credit card. A felony charge was dropped, and instead, she plead to a lesser charge of petty larceny and…she avoided jail time.
Having a former Senator, former Vice-president, and likely future President in your family sure seems to pay off.
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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world
China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.
Key findings of the report are below.
“Persuaded to return”
According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.
Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.
The Nine Forbidden Countries
China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.
According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.
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