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The Fight Ain’t Over: Julius Jones’ Sister And Friend Pledge To Keep Fighting Until He Is Set Free After Death Sentence Was Commuted

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The Fight Ain’t Over: Julius Jones’ Sister And Friend Pledge To Keep Fighting Until He Is Set Free After Death Sentence Was Commuted

On Thursday, death row inmate Julius Jones has had his sentence commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole just hours before he was set to be executed at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary for the 1999 murder of 45-year-old Paul Howell—a crime Jones spent more than two decades maintaining his innocence of.

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The decision came after celebrities like Kim Kardashian and J Cole joined family members of Jones and others in the Oklahoma community and beyond in calling for the now-41-year-old’s death sentence to be commuted amid the surfacing of mounting evidence of his innocence, much of which was highlighted in the 2018 ABC docuseries “The Last Defense.” But according to Jones’ sister and long-time friend, stopping the state from executing Jones was only one step in a larger fight to see him set free and cleared of wrongdoing in Howell’s death.

 

 

“We were overjoyed,” Antoinette Jones, Julius’ sister, told CNN. “We still have to get his freedom.”

Jones’ best friend, Jimmy Lawson, echoed Antoinette’s sentiments saying on Friday that “yesterday was an amazing feeling. When you think about how close we came to the finish line, it’s unbelievable.”

As for the possibility of Jones being exonerated of Howell’s murder, Antoinette said she isn’t sure what legal paths she can embark on to set her brother free, but she’ll be relying on the advice from her attorneys to figure it out. The point is, she has no plans in giving up that fight.

“We gotta keep pressing forward to correct the different ways that have hindered Julius from true justice,” she said.

Jones being sentenced to life in prison for a murder he very well may not have committed isn’t the kind of thing that’s going to feel like justice to Black people who are tired of seeing Black people railroaded and falling victim to a demonstrably racist criminal justice system, but at least he will live to continue his fight.

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Jeff Goldblum, 69, & Kyle MacLachlan, 62, Look Sexier Than Ever Walking Prada Runway — Photos

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The veteran actors looked like pros as they stomped the Prada runway in some fierce, high-fashion garb!

Jeff Goldblum and Kyle MacLachlan proved they’ve got the goods to start a new career! The Jurassic Park alum, 68, and the Twin Peaks star, 62, gave all the young models a run for their money as they strutted their stuff on the Prada catwalk in Milan, Italy on Sunday, January 16. Both silver foxes looked like they were pros, with each one stomping down the stretch with impressive self-confidence.

Jeff Goldblum walks the Prada runway in Milan in January 2022. (Luca Bruno/AP/Shutterstock)

Jeff carried himself with poise as he rocked a long black overcoat that featured oversized puffs of fringe around both the sleeves and hemline. He paired the stylish look with a black turtleneck, matching pants and a set of shiny black loafers. Kyle brought up the rear in a sophisticated, dark overcoat with even darker lapels. His ensemble underneath was a bit more casual with what appeared to be a striped turtleneck, a light blue polo shirt and matching, baggy denim pants. He also donned light blue gloves for his catwalk cruise.

Jeff and Kyle weren’t the only Hollywood heavyweights that got a chance to show off their modeling skills. Sex Education’s Asa Butterfield turned heads in a shiny navy suit with a black wool top. And Maze Runner’s Thomas Brodie-Sangster stole the spotlight as he walked down the Prada runway in a chic black pea coat.

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Kyle Maclachlan walks the Prada runway in Milan in January 2022. (Luca Bruno/AP/Shutterstock)

Meanwhile, Kyle has been busy in Queensland, Australia filming Peacock’s upcoming Joe Exotic TV series, which is based on journalist Robert Moor‘s Wondery podcast Joe Exotic: Tiger King. He will be playing Howard Baskin, the second husband of controversial CEO of Big Cat Rescue, Carole Baskin. Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon has transformed herself to play the role of the wild animal enthusiast.

John Cameron Mitchell will star opposite Kate and Kyle as the convicted felon Joe Exotic himself. Rounding out the cast are Brian Van Holt as John ReinkeNat Wolff as Travis MaldonadoSam Keeley as John FinlayWilliam Fichtne as Rick Kirkham, and Dean Winters as Jeff Lowe. A release date has yet to be confirmed.

 

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‘RHOSLC’ Whitney Rose on Why She Believes Meredith Was Tipped Off About Jen Shah Investigation

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RHOSLC's Whitney Rose Reveals Why She Believes Meredith Was Tipped Off About Jen's Investigation as Jen Shares "Ah-Ha Moment" About Meredith and Mary Cosby

Whitney Rose thinks Meredith Marks was tipped off about the investigation into Jen Shah‘s alleged telemarking scheme — and she believes she knows who the information may have come from.

Following the latest episode of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, which featured Jen getting physical with Lisa Barlow for failing to speak out against Meredith’s supposed slandering of her name, Whitney posed some telling questions as Jen revealed the moment from season two that made her say, “Ah-ha!”

“My biggest question is… if you hire a private investigator, could they stumble across a federal investigation? Because an investigation, by nature, is secretive right? Could that P.I. have uncovered that there was an investigation on Jen? Is it possible that she could have known something was coming for Jen?” Whitney wondered on the January 9 episode of the RHOSLC: After Show.

As RHOSLC fans heard earlier this season, Meredith hired a P.I. to investigate harassing messages that had been sent to her son, Brooks Marks, and later revealed that the P.I. believed there was a good chance that the messages had come from Jen. However, after butting heads in the early episodes of season two, Meredith did her best to get things to a cordial place with Jen.

“Basically, after her apology to Brooks, we were in a very neutral zone, in my view,” Meredith explained. “We’re not friends, we’re not friends. [But] I felt like Jen was in a position where she believed that we were going to move forward from a zero to being friends, and I’m not criticizing her. I understand why she believed that. For me, though, in order to actually move off of that zero, I had to be able to have some level of trust, and I didn’t.”

During another segment of the RHOSLC: After Show, Jen looked back on the chat she had with Heather Gay on Sunday’s episode, noting the scene as the start of her suspicions about Meredith and Mary Cosby and their potential involvement in her arrest.

“This was my ah-ha moment,” Jen revealed. “I did think it was weird when we got the thing that Meredith wasn’t coming [to Vail]. Because it’s your, you’re hosting this event, and she was like, ‘Oh, I’m already here.’”

According to Jen, it didn’t make sense that Meredith didn’t say she would be in Vail when they arrived and instead canceled on their bus trip hours before their departure.

“Then the fact that [Meredith and Mary] did it together and then I kept hearing the things that were said at Vail… It’s making me think more like, ‘This doesn’t make any sense, and how did they know I was at Beauty Lab?’” Jen admitted.

Heather also weighed in on the odd behavior of Meredith and Mary, saying that “all signs are pointing to them knowing something.”

“It was a last-minute decision for us all to be there as a group to leave for the trip. The location to meet for that morning had switched at like 1 am so there was a very very limited group that knew that we were going to, instead of meeting at Mary’s house, we were going to meet at Beauty Lab,” she explained.

RHOSLC Live Viewing – This is also the live viewing thread for tonight’s all-new episode of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City season two, so feel free to share your thoughts below as the episode airs at 9/8c on Bravo.

Photos Credit: Charles Sykes/Bravo, Instagram/JenShah

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Prince Harry Says He Is Not Safe In U.K. As He Attempts To Pay For Police Security After Being Denied

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The Duke of Sussex, his wife Meghan Markle and their children have reportedly been ‘subjected to well-documented neo-Nazi and extremist threats.’

Prince Harry is trying to protect his family. The 38-year-old Duke of Sussex has said he does not feel safe in his U.K. homeland and has threatened legal action if his family doesn’t get the security they need while travelling there, per Page Six. The young royal even claimed he attempted to pay for more guards — but was denied.

Prince Harry visits Abbey Road Studios in February 2020. (Shutterstock)

“The Duke first offered to pay personally for UK police protection for himself and his family in January of 2020 at Sandringham. That offer was dismissed. He remains willing to cover the cost of security, as not to impose on the British taxpayer,” read a statement obtained by the outlet “The UK will always be Prince Harry’s home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe in. With the lack of police protection, comes too great a personal risk.”

Harry’s law team said he, his wife Meghan Markle, their two-year-old son Archie Harrison, and 6-month-old daughter Lilibet Diana have been “subjected to well-documented neo-Nazi and extremist threats,” according to the statement. Back in September, the lawyers gave notice to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court that Harry will seek a judicial review if the family does not receive the proper security protocols, per Page Six sources. Prince Harry’s security “was compromised due to the absence of police protection” during his last visit to the UK, his lawyers added.

Meanwhile, the family is getting used to their new life in California, since they up and left their royal duties back in England. Showing how happily they are settling in, Harry and Meghan sent out Christmas cards over the holidays with a photograph of the entire family. The gesture marked the family’s first public photo of their little girl Lilibet! In the photo, the clan is all smiles, as Meghan is seen lifting Lilibet up in the air, while papa Harry holds on tightly to his adorable young son. The card featured a simple message of “Happy Holidays.”

 

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