Polish diplomat admits ordering hit on wealthy mother of his partner

Wojciech Janowski breaks down in court and confesses to killing of Monaco billionaire

A Polish man long suspected of ordering a mafia-style hit on his partner’s wealthy mother has broken down in a French court and confessed to her killing after years of denying the accusations.

Wojciech Janowski was Poland’s honorary consul to Monaco at the time of the murder of the billionaire heiress Hélène Pastor, 77, and her driver. They were gunned down in her car by two hitmen in Nice on ...

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State Right to Bear Arms in Arkansas

Article II, § 5 of the Arkansas Constitution states: “The citizens of this State shall have the right to keep and bear arms, for their common defense.”

Several Supreme Court of Arkansas decisions have rejected Art. II, § 5 challenges to firearms regulations.1

Most recently, in Jones v. City of Little Rock, the Supreme Court of Arkansas held that Arkansas Code Annotated § 5-73-120, regulating the possession of a handgun in a vehicle, did not violate the Se...

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State Right to Bear Arms in Tennessee

Article I, Section 24 of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee states “[t]hat the sure and certain defense of a free people, is a well regulated militia; and, as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to freedom, they ought to be avoided as far as the circumstances and safety of the community will admit; and that in all cases the military shall be kept in strict subordination to the civil authority.” Article I, Section 26 provides “[t]hat the citizens of this State have a righ...

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Right-wing group was camped on rooftop with weapons ahead of major rally

Discovering a far-right group stationed on a rooftop with a stockpile of weapons, overlooking a major demonstration, might rattle most people, especially if that group has a documented history of clashing with counterprotestors. But evidently not the Portland Police Bureau.

On Monday it was revealed that, prior to a major protest in the city on August 4 — which ended in brutal clashes between far-right and anti-fascist demonstrators — Portland officers “discovered ...

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The woman who helped demolish health care access in Maine is now running Medicaid for the country

The Trump administration is putting the health insurance of millions of Americans in the hands of a former Maine official best known for undermining the public health infrastructure in her state to put low-income families at risk.

Mary Mayhew, Maine’s former health commissioner, was tapped on Monday to run the national Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) programs. Mayhew will now control the $350 billion budget of the two health insurance programs ser...

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Immunity Statutes in Arkansas

Arkansas law reserves the authority to bring a lawsuit and the right to recover against a firearm or ammunition manufacturer, trade association, or dealer exclusively to the state. A city, town or county may not seek relief for loss resulting from the lawful design, manufacture, marketing, or sale of firearms or ammunition to the public.1

A similar statute prohibits a person or entity from bring an action other than produce liability action against a firearms, nonpowder gun or ammun...

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Private Sales in Arkansas

See our Private Sales policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Arkansas law has no law requiring a background check on the purchaser of a firearm when the seller is not a licensed dealer.

Arkansas prohibits any person from furnishing a firearm to a minor without the consent of a parent, guardian, or other person responsible for general supervision of the minor’s welfare.1 A violation is a Class B felony if the firearm is a handgun or other s...

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