Tea Party group tweets support after Republican body-slams a reporter

Mashable

The Northeast Tarrant Tea Party tweeted "BODY SLAM EVERY JOURNALIST #Gianforte" the day after Montana Republican Greg Gianforte was charged with assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. The alleged body-slam broke Jacobs' glasses after he was thrown to the ground. The incident was witnessed by other reporters and caught on tape, which made for some intense audio. Regardless, Gianforte ended up winning the election. The pro-body-slam tweet was deleted, but lives on online, of course.


In Wake of Shooting, New Zealanders Show Kindness to Muslims

U.S. News

Brenton Harrison Tarrant appeared in court amid strict security, shackled and wearing all-white prison garb, and showed no emotion when the judge read him one murder charge. The judge said "it was reasonable to assume" more such charges would follow. Tarrant posted an anti-immigrant manifesto online and apparently used a helmet-mounted camera to broadcast live video of the slaughter on Facebook.


New Zealand gunman 'rational,' will represent himself: ex-lawyer

The Japan Times

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - The Australian charged with murder in the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques plans to represent himself and appears "rational," his court-appointed lawyer said Monday. Brenton Tarrant was charged with one count of murder -- though he may face other charges -- and appeared at Christchurch District Court on Saturday after the rampage during Friday prayers that left at least 50 people dead. Duty lawyer Richard Peters, who represented him during the preliminary court hearing, said the 28-year-old "indicated he does not want a lawyer." "He wants to be self-represented in this case," said Peters, who played down suggestions that Tarrant may not be fit for trial. "The way he presented was rational and someone who was not suffering any mental disability. He seemed to understand what was going on," Peters said.


Man accused in New Zealand mosque killings pleads not guilty

FOX News

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – The man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques has pleaded not guilty to all the charges that have been filed against him. Brenton Tarrant on Friday entered not guilty pleas to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one terrorism charge at the Christchurch High Court in relation to the March 15 massacre. The 28-year-old Australian appeared via video link from a small room at the maximum security prison in Auckland where he's being held. Wearing a gray sweat shirt, Tarrant smirked as his lawyer entered the pleas but otherwise showed little emotion. His link had been muted, and he didn't attempt to speak.


Man accused in Christchurch mosque slayings of 51 pleads not guilty

The Japan Times

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - The man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques has pleaded not guilty to all the charges that have been filed against him. Brenton Tarrant on Friday entered not guilty pleas to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one terrorism charge at the Christchurch High Court in relation to the March 15 massacre. The 28-year-old Australian appeared via video link from a small room at the maximum security prison in Auckland where he's being held. Wearing a gray sweat shirt, Tarrant smirked as his lawyer entered the pleas but otherwise showed little emotion. His link had been muted, and he didn't attempt to speak.