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Law professor who addressed Jan. 6 Trump rally won’t return to university

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The law professor who spoke at President Donald Trump‘s January 6 rally in front of the White House before rioters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol will not be returning to his teaching job at Chapman University, The Washington Examiner reported Wednesday.

Due to the comments Dr. John Eastman made at the “Save America” rally, university president Daniele Struppa announced Wednesday morning that Dr. John Eastman would not be coming back to his job. Eastman had taught at the Southern Californian institution for more than two decades and formerly served as the Fowler School of Law’s dean.

“After discussions over the course of the last week, Dr. John Eastman and Chapman University have reached an agreement pursuant to which he will retire from Chapman, effective immediately,” Struppa’s statement reads. “Dr. Eastman’s departure closes this challenging chapter for Chapman and provides the most immediate and certain path forward for both the Chapman community and Dr. Eastman. Chapman and Dr. Eastman have agreed not to engage in legal actions of any kind, including any claim of defamation that may currently exist, as both parties move forward.”

Also on Wednesday, in his own statement published on the website of the conservative Claremont Institute, Eastman announced “with mixed feelings” his retirement from Chapman.

He stated that his retirement was partially due to “some of my ‘colleagues’ on the campus or to the few members of the Board of Trustees who have published false, defamatory statements about me without even the courtesy of contacting me beforehand to discuss.”

Furthermore, Eastman was angered by a “defamatory” letter signed by about 160 university faculty members who accused him of “participation” in the deadly Capitol riot. Speaking at the rally beside Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, Eastman promoted allegations of election fraud.

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He denied the claim that he “participated in a riot that incited” violence at the Capitol, arguing it was untrue.

“I participated in a peaceful rally of nearly ½ million people, two miles away from the violence that occurred at the capital and which began even before the speeches were finished,” Eastman said.

Moreover, the former law professor took the opportunity to double down on a series of election fraud claims that he promoted at the rally, notably defending his claims of “secret folders” in the voting machines that can allegedly add extraneous votes to a candidate’s vote total.

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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”

The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.

Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”

 

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