No Bull With Raging Robert.
Cuomo Under Pressure
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) called for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to resign yesterday. The statement followed allegations that Cuomo groped a former aide after calling her to the executive mansion, the sixth woman to accuse the three-term governor of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior in the past month. The most recent charge has been referred to Albany, New York, police, while state Attorney General Letitia James (D) has opened a broad probe into the accusations.
Cuomo’s administration is also facing allegations they obscured the number of nursing home deaths early in the pandemic, after initially requiring them to accept recovering COVID-19 patients as hospitals overflowed.
Yesterday afternoon, the state assembly authorized an impeachment inquiry into both sets of allegations. At least 40 Democratic assembly members signed a letter calling for Cuomo to resign. A majority in the 150-seat assembly, which has 43 Republicans, would be needed to eventually impeach the governor.
Cuomo has apologized but denied the accusations, dismissing previous calls to step down while sidestepping questions on whether he’ll still pursue a fourth term next November.
NFT Mania Continues
A work by digital artist Mike Winkelmann, also known as Beeple, sold for more than $69M at Christie’s auction house yesterday. The work was sold as an NFT — a non-fungible token — and marks a record amount in the spiraling crypto art craze. The sale price exceeds that of any work from artists like Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí, and others.
NFTs are conceptually similar to digital certificates of authenticity that are completely unique and can’t be forged. Similar to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, NFTs rely on blockchain technology (see 101), which uses decentralized networks to verify legitimacy and ownership. Since digital art (and other digital assets) can often be easily duplicated, these characteristics are viewed as the future of the digital art market. Go deeper on NFTs here.
The spectacular sales price appears mostly due to the pioneering use of the technology. Before last fall, the most Winkelmann had ever sold a piece for was $100.
See the piece here (but don’t try and copy it).
Third Charge in Chauvin Trial
A Minnesota judge approved yesterday the addition of a third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused in the May death of George Floyd.
Chauvin already faces two counts: second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter. The former count requires prosecutors to demonstrate Chauvin caused Floyd’s death beyond a reasonable doubt, while the latter count requires demonstrating Chauvin was negligent and took an unreasonable risk while detaining Floyd. The new charge requires proving Chauvin caused Floyd’s death with a “depraved mind” — a legally ambiguous term that experts say is difficult to distinguish from negligence. See a breakdown here.
Jury selection began Tuesday — see the jurors selected so far. The trial of three other officers involved begins in late August.
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