Life in prison for US man who killed Lebanese neighbor

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Victoria Jabara Williams, from left, with her brother Rami Jabara and his wife Jenna Carl Jabara talk about the murder sentence against Stanley Vernon Majors for the killing of Khalid Jabara after the trial at the Tulsa County Courthouse in Tulsa, Okla., in this Feb. 7, 2018 photo. (AP)
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This Aug. 12, 2016, file photo provided by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office shows Stanley Vernon Majors, of Tulsa, Okla. (AP)
Updated 21 February 2018
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Life in prison for US man who killed Lebanese neighbor

CHICAGO: An Oklahoma man convicted of the hate-motivated killing of his Lebanese American neighbor was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole.
Stanley Majors was convicted earlier this month of first-degree murder for fatally shooting his next-door neighbor in the city of Tulsa, because of his hatred of the neighbor’s Lebanese descent.
Khalid Jabara, 37, was killed on the front porch of his family home in August 2016, just minutes after calling police to report that his threatening neighbor had a gun.
Majors had tormented the Jabara family for years, according to prosecutors, calling them “dirty Arabs,” “filthy Lebanese” and “Mouslims.”
The Jabaras are Christian and had fled Lebanon’s civil war decades ago to avoid religious persecution.
The 63-year-old was also sentenced for the hate crime charge of malicious intimidation or harassment.
The Jabara family said the hate crime charge sent an important message.
“We believe that as a community we have to pay attention to our thoughts, as they become our words, our words as they become our actions. We must hold each other accountable,” the victim’s sister Victoria Jabara Williams told reporters after Majors’s conviction.
“The rhetoric that’s going on in our community and nationally, and globally, I think it’s more important than ever that we say something when we hear something,” she said.
At the time of the shooting, Majors was out on bail after serving prison time for striking Jabara’s mother with his car. He was also under a protective order that barred him from having a firearm.
Prosecutors had asked the presiding judge to show no mercy to Majors because he had expressed no remorse for his actions, according to the Tulsa World newspaper.
His defense argued that Majors was a mentally ill gay man who feared Muslims would harm him because of his sexuality. His mistaken belief that the Jabaras were Muslim drove him to his violent actions, they claimed.
Majors’s attorney Justin Smith planned to appeal the conviction.
“We still are under the impression and belief that our client has a severe mental illness,” Smith said, according to CNN.


May to argue 2nd referendum would violate public trust

Updated 17 December 2018
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May to argue 2nd referendum would violate public trust

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May is set to condemn calls for a second referendum on Britain’s departure from the European Union, saying it would do irreparable damage to trust in democracy.
In remarks released ahead of her speech in the House of Commons on Monday, May says that staging another referendum “would say to millions who trusted in democracy that our democracy does not deliver.”
She’s also expected to argue that such a ballot would exacerbate divisions rather than heal them.
May’s supporters distanced themselves from media reports that senior figures in her government held talks with opposition Labour lawmakers aimed at holding another vote.
With time growing short toward Britain’s scheduled March 29 departure, it remains unclear whether the country will leave with a deal or crash out with no deal.