Mexico arrests alleged mastermind of massacre of Mormon women and children

By Lizbeth Diaz



a couple of people that are standing in the dirt: Relatives of slain members of Mexican-American families belonging to Mormon communities observe the burnt wreckage of a vehicle where some of their relatives died, in Bavispe


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Relatives of slain members of Mexican-American families belonging to Mormon communities observe the burnt wreckage of a vehicle where some of their relatives died, in Bavispe

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico captured a gang leader accused of being the mastermind behind the massacre of nine women and children of U.S.-Mexican origin, authorities confirmed on Wednesday, a move that Washington hailed as a victory for bilateral cooperation.



a view of a car: The interior of a bullet-riddled vehicle belonging to one of the Mexican-American Mormon families that were killed by unknown assailants, is pictured in Bavispe


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The interior of a bullet-riddled vehicle belonging to one of the Mexican-American Mormon families that were killed by unknown assailants, is pictured in Bavispe

Suspected drug cartel hitmen shot dead the three women and six children from families of Mormon origin in the northern Mexican border state of Sonora in broad daylight on Nov. 4, 2019, sparking outrage in Mexico and the United States.

On Monday, security forces detained Roberto Gonzalez, known as “the 32,” in the northern state of Chihuahua, along with two other alleged members of the criminal organization, “La Linea,” the federal attorney general’s office said on Wednesday.

It accused Gonzalez of being the “intellectual architect” of the massacre.

“There’s still so much to clarify about what happened, but at least these arrests are an advance in the case,” said Adrian LeBaron, who lost a daughter and three grandchildren in the attack.

After the attack U.S. President Donald Trump called for the United States and Mexico to wage “war” on cartels and warn that he would designate them as terrorist groups. He later backed down from that threat.

The new arrests follow a period of heightened bilateral tension linked to the capture of Mexican former Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos in Los Angeles.

The multi-year investigation and case against the four-star general was dropped last week in a bombshell decision that U.S. prosecutors said was necessary to assure bilateral security cooperation.

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau congratulated Mexican security forces for the new arrests. “Excellent cooperation between authorities in both countries. There will be justice!” he wrote on Twitter.

Reuters reported last week that Mexico had committed to the arrest of a high-level cartel leader under a deal to drop U.S. the drug trafficking charges against Cienfuegos.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and the U.S. Department of Justice have denied a deal.

(Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Writing by Laura Gottesdiener; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Richard Chang)

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US agrees for now to stop deporting women who alleged abuse

The U.S. government has agreed temporarily not to deport detained immigrant women who have alleged being abused by a rural Georgia gynecologist

HOUSTON — The U.S. government has agreed temporarily not to deport detained immigrant women who have alleged being abused by a rural Georgia gynecologist, according to court papers filed Tuesday.

Dozens of women have alleged that they were mistreated by Dr. Mahendra Amin, a gynecologist who was seeing patients from the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia. The Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general is investigating as well. Amin has denied any wrongdoing through his lawyer.

The agreement filed in court Tuesday proposes that no deportations would take place until at least mid-January for women who have “substantially similar factual allegations.”

Elora Mukherjee, a Columbia University law professor working with several of the women, said the agreement gives the women “a measure of protection for trying to expose the abuses there.”

“ICE and others at Irwin thought they could silence these women,” she said. “They thought they could act with impunity and nothing would ever happen. But the women have organized and had the audacity to speak out.”

ICE said Tuesday that it “complies with all binding court orders.” The agency has previously denied allegations that it tried to deport women to silence them, saying in a written statement: “Any implication that ICE is attempting to impede the investigation by conducting removals of those being interviewed is completely false.”

Scott Grubman, a lawyer for Amin, did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.

The allegations were originally revealed by a whistleblower complaint. Further investigations have found several examples of Amin performing surgeries on women who later said they didn’t consent to the procedures or didn’t fully understand them.

Grubman has denied any wrongdoing by the doctor and previously described Amin as a “highly respected physician who has dedicated his adult life to treating a high-risk, underserved population in rural Georgia.”

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Drew Barrymore Show Under Fire for Giving a Teacher and His Alleged Former Student a “Fairy Tale Wedding”

The Drew Barrymore Show has come under fire for giving a teacher and his alleged former student a “fairy tale wedding” during a recent broadcast, Perez Hilton reports. On Friday, host Drew Barrymore surprised a couple who had to cancel their wedding due to COVID-19 with a special, on-air ceremony, but after the video was posted, users filled the comments section with allegations that the bride and groom met when she was a 17-year-old student in his physics class.

Last week, Barrymore teamed up with Walmart+ to offer Selina, a frontline nurse, and Dan, a high school teacher, a dream wedding after their original ceremony was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The couple explained that they “met several years ago in school through mutual friends,” and they have now been together for seven years.

However, after two videos — an interview with Barrymore and their full wedding ceremony — were posted to The Drew Barrymore‘s YouTube page, viewers began filling the comments with allegations that Dan and Selina declined to provide the full story of their relationship to producers. “It would be a great story if it was actually true. They met ‘in school’ because she was his student. The mutual friends was the physics class he taught,” wrote one commenter. “Could CBS not find a couple whose relationship didn’t begin completely inappropriately?” asked another. “I just hope he’s more observant of his marriage vows than he was of the law when he started dating her….”

Other commenters said that they had Dan as a physics teacher in high school, and they congratulated their former educator on his marriage.

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Alleged ‘porch pirate’ arrested after wearing same clothing to courtroom

TORONTO —
A South Carolina man was arrested on Friday after he showed up to court wearing the same shirt he had worn to steal people’s packages the same week, authorities said.

Police say they were made aware of the incident when a community member posted surveillance footage of the suspect in the Goose Creek Resident Group on Facebook on Nov. 10.

“Beware of this porch pirate!” the post begins. “This is around noon today in The Oaks. Notice the empty Amazon package in his hand. It is something he stole off a neighbor’s porch and threw the empty package in my trash can (dumb crook) – and then stole the package off my porch (all on camera) and stuffed it in his backpack, with whatever else he had stolen in the neighborhood. He was with a second person also on a bicycle. Police have been notified.”

Authorities confirmed they were able to identify and arrest the man the next day after he showed up in a South Carolina courtroom wearing the exact same shirt he had worn to steal people’s packages.

“Remember seeing the post on the left?” remarked the Goose Creek Police Department in a statement posted to Facebook on Nov. 13. “Well, sometimes people actually do make our job easy. This guy decided to come into our courtroom the day after the first post was made and lucky for us he was even wearing the same shirt. We are happy to say he is in custody.”

Police have not released any additional details about the arrest and have not confirmed why he was in the courtroom to begin with or if his appearance had anything to do with the stolen packages.

Authorities say the best way to keep packages safe is to request a signature upon delivery so they aren’t left at the door. If that’s not possible, police suggest having your package shipped to a neighbour or relative who will be home or to use curb-side pickup.

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Amazon customer makes alarming alleged discovery while shopping online: ‘That’s not right’

A teenager was browsing Amazon’s clothing selection when she came across a photo that looked eerily familiar.

That’s because according to the teenager, TikTok user @benitariley, the photo was lifted from her Instagram to advertise a pair of knockoff jeans without her permission.

In a video posted to TikTok on Oct. 29, @benitariley alleged that she was shopping on Amazon when she found the photo of herself.

“Not me shopping on Amazon and finding myself,” she said in the video before showing the listing and then her identical Instagram photo. It’s hard to deny the similarities, down to the white sneakers and scrunched top.

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To make matters worse, the company advertising the jeans isn’t the same company @benitariley purchased from. In her caption, she noted that she paid far more than the $22 being charged on Amazon, seeing as she supposedly bought from Jaded London. The Amazon version is most likely a knockoff.

People were angry for @benitariley and urged her to take action, especially since the company is allegedly advertising a product they aren’t actually selling.

“Girl if they don’t run you a CHECK,” one person said.

“That’s not right,” another added.

“Is that legal,” a third asked.

If what @benitariley is saying is true, she may actually have a case. According to HG.org, a site for legal resources, “when a business uses the image or likeness of an individual without his or her consent or permission, they may file a suit for misappropriation of likeness.” (If something like this ever happens to you, though, we urge you to consult an actual lawyer and find out what your options are. We are not lawyers.)

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U.S. Is Deporting Women Who Alleged Surgical Abuse At Georgia Detention Center

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has moved to deport at least a dozen women behind abuse allegations against a gynecologist at one of the agency’s Georgia facilities—the subject of a September whistleblower complaint that shocked the nation with so far unverified claims of mass hysterectomies—according to a Wednesday Associated Press report.

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Per the report, the Trump administration has already deported six women who levied complaints against Dr. Mahendra Amin, a gynecologist servicing the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, who some of his female patients have said performed non-consensual or medically unnecessary surgeries which may have impacted their ability to have children. 

At least seven other women who filed allegations against Amin have been alerted that they will soon be deported. 

One of Amin’s former patients, the AP notes, was told hours after speaking to federal investigators about the whistleblower complaint that ICE had lifted a hold on her deportation and removal from the country would be “imminent.” 

Though ICE and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not immediately respond to Forbes’ questions, ICE did tell the AP that it notified the Homeland Security’s inspector general—who, along with the Department of Justice, is investigating the complaints—“about any planned transfers or removals of Irwin detainees who were former patients of Dr. Amin.” 

Earlier in the week, ICE said it would accommodate interviews but detained migrants “remain subject to final order of removal” once all appeals have been exhausted. 

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“Any implication that ICE is attempting to impede the investigation by conducting removals of those being interviewed is completely false,” said the agency’s statement to the AP. 

Key Background 

The whistleblower complaint, filed in September by several legal advocacy groups on behalf of former Irwin nurse Dawn Wooten and several detainees, detailed chilling allegations against Amin, including his reputation as a “uterus collector” in reference to claims he performed mass hysterectomies. The complaints that women did not know what procedures they were undergoing due to language barriers or poor explanations—reminiscent of government-sanctioned sterilization programs targeting minority populations in the 20th century—sparked widespread outrage from top government officials who called for DOJ and DHS investigations. Media investigations have so far unearthed no concrete evidence to support mass hysterectomy claims, with Priyanka Bhatt, a staff attorney with Project South, one of the groups that filed the complaint, telling The Washington Post that she had not spoken to any woman who had a hysterectomy and included those specific allegations to spark an investigation into their validity. However, the AP has spoken to detainees and reviewed medical records which support claims of unnecessarily invasive procedures and a lack of communication to patients about what was being done. Amin’s lawyer, Scott Grubman, has denied any wrongdoing, calling his client a “highly respected physician who has dedicated his adult life to treating a high-risk, underserved population in rural Georgia.” Amin is no longer working with women at Irwin. 

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U.S. deports migrant women who alleged abuse by Georgia doctor

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In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Dawn Wooten, left, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, speaks at a news conference in Atlanta protesting conditions at the immigration jail. The Trump administration is deporting several women who have alleged they were abused or mistreated by a Georgia gynecologist at an immigration detention center, according to lawyers representing the women.

HOUSTON — The Trump administration is trying to deport several women who allege they were mistreated by a Georgia gynecologist at an immigration detention center, according to their lawyers.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has already deported six former patients who complained about Dr. Mahendra Amin, who has been accused of operating on migrant women without their consent or performing procedures that were medically unnecessary and potentially endangered their ability to have children. At least seven others at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, who had made allegations against the doctor have received word that they could soon be removed from the country, the lawyers said.

Hours after one detained woman spoke to federal investigators, she said ICE told her that it had lifted a hold on her deportation and she faced “imminent” removal.

Another woman was taken to a rural Georgia airport early Monday and told to sign deportation papers, only to be brought back to the facility as her lawyers sued in federal court.

They allege Amin performed operations that caused or worsened their pain without explaining what he was doing or giving them an alternative. Their stories fit a broader pattern of allegations made by detained women against Amin, some of them revealed in interviews with attorneys and medical records reviewed by The Associated Press. But there hasn’t been evidence to support an initial claim that he performed a large number of hysterectomies.

The Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general also is investigating.

Amin’s lawyer, Scott Grubman, has previously denied the doctor did anything wrong and called him a “highly respected physician who has dedicated his adult life to treating a high-risk, underserved population in rural Georgia.” Amin has stopped seeing women at Irwin County Detention Center.

Immigrant advocates have urged federal investigators to examine not just the doctor but also the detention center and any role ICE had in sending patients to him.

While people who have been deported might still be able to serve as witnesses in a criminal or civil case, many end up in unstable countries or situations where it becomes difficult to maintain contact with them. The deportations are occurring in the last weeks of President Donald Trump’s administration following his defeat by Democrat Joe Biden.

“ICE is destroying the evidence needed for this investigation,” said Elora Mukherjee, a Columbia University law professor who is working with several of the women.

ICE said it had notified the Homeland Security inspector

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US deports migrant women who alleged abuse by Georgia doctor

HOUSTON (AP) — The Trump administration is trying to deport several women who allege they were mistreated by a Georgia gynecologist at an immigration detention center, according to their lawyers.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has already deported six former patients who complained about Dr. Mahendra Amin, who has been accused of operating on migrant women without their consent or performing procedures that were medically unnecessary and potentially endangered their ability to have children. At least seven others at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, who had made allegations against the doctor have received word that they could soon be removed from the country, the lawyers said.

Hours after one detained woman spoke to federal investigators, she said ICE told her that it had lifted a hold on her deportation and she faced “imminent” removal.

Another woman was taken to a rural Georgia airport early Monday and told to sign deportation papers, only to be brought back to the facility as her lawyers sued in federal court.


They allege Amin performed operations that caused or worsened their pain without explaining what he was doing or giving them an alternative. Their stories fit a broader pattern of allegations made by detained women against Amin, some of them revealed in interviews with attorneys and medical records reviewed by The Associated Press. But there hasn’t been evidence to support an initial claim that he performed a large number of hysterectomies.

The Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general also is investigating.

Amin’s lawyer, Scott Grubman, has previously denied the doctor did anything wrong and called him a “highly respected physician who has dedicated his adult life to treating a high-risk, underserved population in rural Georgia.” Amin has stopped seeing women at Irwin County Detention Center.

Immigrant advocates have urged federal investigators to examine not just the doctor but also the detention center and any role ICE had in sending patients to him.

While people who have been deported might still be able to serve as witnesses in a criminal or civil case, many end up in unstable countries or situations where it becomes difficult to maintain contact with them. The deportations are occurring in the last weeks of President Donald Trump’s administration following his defeat by Democrat Joe Biden.

“ICE is destroying the evidence needed for this investigation,” said Elora Mukherjee, a Columbia University law professor who is working with several of the women.

ICE said it had notified the Homeland Security inspector general “about any planned transfers or removals of Irwin detainees who were former patients of Dr. Amin.”

“Any implication that ICE is attempting to impede the investigation by conducting removals of those being interviewed is completely false,” the agency said in a statement.

The Justice Department declined to comment. Grubman declined to say whether the doctor had spoken to investigators.

Mbeti Ndonga, 37, was taken to Amin last year after seeking treatment for abdominal pain and excessive vaginal bleeding.

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Gagosian Director Let Go After Alleged Misconduct Against Women

(Bloomberg) — Gagosian, one of the world’s largest and most powerful galleries, terminated a director during an investigation into his alleged misconduct against women.

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Sam Orlofsky, 44, a high-ranking employee at the gallery in New York, was let go 10 days after being suspended without pay, according to a person familiar with the situation.

“As we shared with you last week, we have engaged outside counsel to investigate claims from current and former employees that a colleague engaged in serious misconduct, primarily targeted against women in the Gallery,” Larry Gagosian said in an email to staff on Monday reviewed by Bloomberg News. “Based on the investigative findings thus far, the Gallery today terminated that individual’s employment.”

A spokesperson for the gallery declined to comment on the specific nature of the accusations, including who made them. John J. Rosenberg, a lawyer representing Orlofsky, declined to comment. Orlofsky didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment.

The investigation will continue, Gagosian said in the email, encouraging anyone with relevant information to contact the gallery’s head of human resources. The email did not specify what might happen as a result of the ongoing investigation.

Gagosian is owned by Larry Gagosian, who operates eighteen spaces around the world, according to the firm’s website. His clients include billionaires from finance, the film industry and publishing.

Orlofsky joined Gagosian in 2001, rising to become one of its top sellers and working closely with artists including Dan Colen, Roe Ethridge, and Mark Grotjahn.

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Lee Do Hyun’s Agency Denies Rumors Surrounding Alleged Girlfriend And Fan Gift

Lee Do Hyun’s agency has offered an explanation behind rumors surrounding the actor.

Lee Do Hyun was wrapped up in a dating rumor following an anonymous tweet posted on November 2. The tweet went, “There’s an actor that has his girlfriend post about his gifts for him? And he even ‘likes’ her post.” The tweet included a photo of the alleged girlfriend’s post where she’s wearing a pig hat. According to fans, this hat was one Lee Do Hyun received from fans as a birthday present, and the actor himself pressed ‘like’ on the post under his private account. The same user uploaded a photo of the actor supposedly on a date with his alleged girlfriend.

On the same day, a source from Lee Do Hyun’s agency stated through News1 that the growing speculations are not true. They added, “The photo was taken around three years ago when Lee Do Hyun was with a group of close acquaintances and they tried the hat on together. The photo uploaded on his social media was also deleted soon after in case of being misunderstood.” Regarding the woman who appears in the posting, the source explained, “She is not the actor’s girlfriend, but rather a close acquaintance.”

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