25% of New California Gun Buyers Had No Background Check: Survey

The first comprehensive survey of California gun owners in over 40 years also found that roughly 25 percent of California adults live in households that possess at least one firearm. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom has promised to “raise the bar” on gun control.

About 25 percent of California adults who purchased firearms recently did not have a background check, according to a survey released Sunday.

The 2018 California Safety and Wellbeing Survey also found that some 25 percent of Californian adults live in households with firearms—and 40 percent of those households included children aged 12 and younger.

The survey, conducted last month by the University of California-Davis Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP), was released on the heels of the California gubernatorial election won by Gavin Newsom, who has promised  tougher gun regulations, and the mass shooting  that  left 12 dead at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Ca.

The survey represents the first major exploration of firearm ownership in the state in over 40 years, said Nicole Kravitz-Wirst, a researcher who led the survey.

“Much remains unknown about the details surrounding firearm violence,” Kravitz-Wirtz said in a press statement accompanying the report. “Accurate and up-to-date information that could be used to develop effective policies and programs to decrease deaths and injuries from firearms is critically needed.”

According to the survey, 14 percent of California adults—roughly 4.2 million people, personally own firearms; and five percent of the firearms are assault rifles. Handguns are the most popular purchase and “were most often obtained for the purpose of protection,” the statement said.

The state already has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation.

“We alsdo found, unexpectedly, that roughly 25 percent of those who purchased their most recent firearm in California reported that they did not undergo a background check,” said Kravitz-Wirtz.

After a mass killing in 2014, California passed a law that let police officers and family members seek restraining orders to seize guns from troubled people. A year later, a shooting rampage in San Bernardino led to voters outlawing expanded magazines for guns and requiring background checks for buying ammunition.

The state has also banned assault weapons, all part of a wave of gun regulation that began 25 years ago with a mass murder at a San Francisco law firm.

Gun control activists and politicians are already weighing what more can be done, and whether existing measures could have prevented the killing, the New York Times reports.

Newsom has signaled he will introduce even tougher regulations.

“The response is not just prayers,” he said last week. “The response cannot just be excuses. The response sure as hell cannot be more guns.”

In an interview with the Sacramento Bee shortly after the vote, he promised to “raise the bar” on gun control, suggesting he would have signed bills that Brown vetoed in recent years, such as .expanding California’s gun violence restraining order law, which allows police and family members to seek the temporary removal of firearms from someone they believe is a danger to themselves or others.

California has had the most deaths from mass shootings since 1982: 128.

Florida, with roughly half the population of California, has the second most, 118. Most gun deaths are not from mass shootings, and the focus of the gun control movement is on reducing overall gun deaths, in homicides, suicides and accidents. By that measure, California has been successful: It has cut its gun-death rate in half over 25 years, and is among the states with the lowest rates, with 7.9 deaths per 100,000 residents in 2016.

The survey was presented Sunday at the American Public Health Association in San Diego.

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The Ruth Bader ‘Gins-Bubble’ Calms Worried Fans of 85-Year-Old Justice

Noting the flood of anxious tweets and the creation of a tongue-in-cheek protective bubble by TV host Jimmy Kimmel, after Justice Ginsburg was hospitalized last week, BBC observed that “half of America panics when this woman falls ill.”

Although Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned home on Friday after being hospitalized from a fall, anxiety surrounding the health of the oldest sitting justice will continue, reports BBC News Magazine.

Noting that the reaction from the liberal corners of social media was an instantaneous mixture of well-wishes and barely-suppressed horror, the magazine noted that “half of America panics” when the justice falls ill.

The magazine cited  one typical comment on social media: “#RuthBaderGinsburg DON’T YOU DARE DIE WE NEED YOU!

“I hereby donate all of my ribs and organs to Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” wrote Lauren Duca, a columnist for Teen Vogue.

On Friday evening, after the justice was released from the hospital, and her spokesperson said she was “doing well,” according to a report from USA Today, late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel introduced the “Ruth Bader Gins-bubble” on his program, saying the 85-year-old needed to be “protected at all costs” as a Ginsburg stand-in rolled on stage encased in a gigantic plastic bubble.

If Ginsburg were to retire or become too ill to serve, President Donald Trump would be able to cement the court’s conservative majority with the appointment of his third justice, after Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, BBC noted.

The fall kept Ginsburg from attending Thursday’s formal investiture ceremony for new Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

See Also: Justice Ginsburg Released From Hospital, ‘Doing Well’

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Justice Ginsburg Released From Hospital, ‘Doing Well’

Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital Friday morning, a day after being admitted with fractured ribs suffered in a fall at her office. Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said she was ‘doing well’ and plans to work from home today.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital Friday morning, a day after being admitted with fractured ribs suffered in a fall at her office, reports USA Today.

Ginsburg, 85, “is doing well and plans to work from home today,” court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg announced.

And Thursday at AFI Fest’s opening night premiere of “On the Basis of Sex,” a new RBG biopic starring Felicity Jones, the cast said they were on good authority that she’s on the mend.

Though the fall kept Ginsburg from attending Thursday’s formal investiture ceremony for new Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Jones told USA TODAY on the red carpet the justice was recovering.

Immediately after the news broke, “I got on the phone with Daniel Stiepleman, (Ginsburg’s) nephew who wrote the screenplay,” said Jones. “And he immediately said: ‘She’s fine, she said she’s hungry and she’s ready to go back to work.’ ”

Stiepleman also confirmed his aunt was on the mend at the premiere.

“The last I heard she was up and working, of course, because what else would she be doing, and cracking jokes,” he told Reuters.“I can’t promise they were good jokes but they were jokes.”

Armie Hammer, who plays Ginsburg’s late husband Marty in the film, said the justice’s tumble “perfectly exemplifies how strong she is. She fell and broke three ribs and went home (for the night). If I stubbed my toe bad enough, I’m like, I gotta go to the hospital. She has beat tougher things than this, so I have no doubt she’ll beat this too.”

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New Jersey’s Chris Christie for Attorney General?

President Trump reportedly believes that former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has patiently waited his turn after being passed over for Attorney General in 2016.

Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie has emerged as a strong contender for attorney-general, as President Trump’s search for a replacement for former A-G Jeff Sessions has been complicated by the shadow of special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation.

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta is unlikely to accept the job if it is offered before Mueller issues his report, Politico reports. Two other candidates approached by the White House about the position signaled they were not interested.

Trump has said he believes Christie, the first prominent Republican to back his presidential bid, has patiently waited his turn after being passed over for the job during the post-2016 election transition.

That said, candidates for top administration jobs have learned that Trump’s whims are subject to sudden changes, thanks to anything from a bad-chemistry meeting to a snippet of critical cable TV commentary the president happens to catch.

Bill Palatucci, a longtime Christie adviser and confidant, said Christie did not float any trial balloon to stoke speculation about his nomination and had not received a call from the White House about his potential interest in the post as of Thursday morning, reports NorthJersey.com,

But Palatucci said Trump is “very aware” of Christie’s interest in the job.

“They had a great relationship,” he said. “The president has great confidence in the governor, and if the president wanted to speak to the governor, he’ll pick up a phone and call him himself.”

Palatucci, however, said Christie is not likely to automatically leap at the job if asked, as he is enjoying private life, working in the private sector and being at home with two of his high-school-age children.

“The longer you are out of office, the harder it is to go back,’’ he said. “But Chris has always said, if [Trump] would call, I would listen.”

Other candidates in the mix include Solicitor General Noel Francisco and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. A cabinet post for Christie would be a dramatic plot twist in his complicated, years-long relationship with the Trump family.

Christie ran against Trump in the 2016 Republican primaries before advising and representing his campaign. As a U.S. attorney in New Jersey, Christie led a 2004 criminal prosecution that landed Jared Kushner’s father, Charles Kushner, behind bars for tax evasion and illegal campaign contributions — and earned him the enmity of Trump’s son-in-law.

Christie was at the White House on Thursday for a long-scheduled meeting on criminal justice reform, an issue both he and Kushner support.

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‘Old-Fashioned’ Policing Still Needed to Stop Gun Violence, say Two Scholars

The “public health” approach to preventing gun violence won’t reduce the high levels of shootings seen in many neighborhoods around the U.S. unless traditional policing is strengthened, according to two leading criminologists.

Gun violence won’t be reduced by treating it as a public health problem alone, say two prominent criminologists.

Finding ways to improve “old-fashioned” policing that emphasizes getting shooters off the street to face punishment and imprisonment is critical—but it’s in danger of being overlooked in the attention to newer strategies like community policing and early conflict mediation, Phillip J. Cook and Jens Ludwig wrote in a paper for the Social Science Research Council.

Many scholars have seized on the notion that the escalating levels of gun violence in many neighborhoods around the U.S. should be seen as an “epidemic” that can be addressed by public health disease prevention strategies.

But “when it comes to prevention of criminal misuse of guns, public health scholars tend to ignore or minimize…the most targeted prevention capacity: the criminal justice system’s ability to arrest, punish, and incapacitate shooters,” they wrote in the paper.

The authors cited the Aug. 4 weekend in Chicago, when 74 persons were shot but just one shooter was arrested, as an example of the “de facto impunity” provided gunmen when police fail to provide sufficient deterrence.

“One arrest out of 74 is even worse than normal—on average about five percent of shooters are arrested in non-fatal cases and 17 percent if the victim dies,” they wrote, adding that “even when there is an arrest, a conviction is far from guaranteed.”

The authors suggested that the lack of sufficient investigative resources, including more detectives, and the inability of police to provide protection to eyewitnesses who might identify the shooters, explains the startlingly high levels of gun violence in Chicago.

Friends and families of victims are more likely to seek violent retaliation if there’s no confidence that police will act forcefully to hunt down the shooters and take them off the streets, they wrote.

They wondered whether the contemporary emphasis on “preventive policing” and stricter gun regulation had diverted key resources from the traditional police role of deterrence and “incapacitation” of violent offenders.

“Police chiefs have learned to espouse proactive measures such as intensive patrol of crime hot spots, problem-oriented policing, (and) community policing has also acquired considerable cachet,” the papers said. “In this new prevention-oriented ethos, crime investigation seems old-fashioned.

“But in our view, reactive policing is a vital component of preventing gun violence and is ignored at our peril.”

They singled out as potentially effective some newly developed police and community strategies, such as “focused deterrence,” where police concentrate on identifying known shooters and violent individuals in a neighborhood and warn them they will suffer consequences if they are caught misusing guns.

But they pointed that such strategies can only work in the long run if police and courts “make good on the threat.”

The authors called on other scholars to devote more research into the consequences of shifting more police resources from investigation to prevention, noting for example that the percentage of detectives in the Chicago police force is now half as high as it is in large cities that have lower homicide rates, such as Los Angeles and New York.

“The criminal justice system is intended to preempt private vigilante action, but that purpose is undercut by poor performance,” they wrote. “Arresting less than 10 percent of shooters (as is currently the case in Chicago) may not assuage the instinct of survivors, their families and their gangs to avenge their victimization.”

The authors said while the public health approach was a useful addition to gun violence prevention strategies, criminologists and public health scholars need to focus as well on improving the performance of police in traditional areas, such as increasing “clearance” rates, which measure solved crimes.

Police authorities, for example, should focus on removing the bureaucratic “bottlenecks” that tie up police investigations and result in low clearance rates.

Equally important, they wrote, is investigating how police can improve witness cooperation and help “keep witnesses safe in dangerous neighborhoods that are often essentially run by street gangs.”

Cook is the ITT/Sanford Professor of Public Policy and a professor of economics and sociology at Duke University. He served as vice chair of the National Research Council’s Committee on Law and Justice.

Jens Ludwig is director of the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab and McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Science Administration, law and Public Policy at the university.

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Music Superstar John Legend Joins Ohio Rally for Justice Reform

Some of the country’s most well-known “celebrity” advocates for criminal justice reform, including singer John Legend, are using their star power to persuade Ohio voters to support a referendum aimed at helping reduce penalties for some drug offenses and allow inmates to reduce their terms by taking part in rehab. Opponents say such changes shouldn’t be included in the state constitution.

Some of the country’s most well-known “celebrity” advocates for criminal justice reform, including singer John Legend, are using their star power to persuade Ohio voters to support a referendum aimed at helping reduce the barriers faced by former inmates to finding employment and re-integrating into civil society.

At a rally Sunday in Norwood, Ohio, reported by WCPO, Legend said passage of the referendum, known as Issue 1,  “will save lives, families, and strengthen our communities.”

Issue 1 would amend the state constitution to reduce penalties for using and possessing drugs like heroin, meth and cocaine. Those charges would become misdemeanors and carry no prison time.

“Every day people are struggling from the cycle of addiction,” Legend said. “They’re in and out of incarceration, and they’re getting worse, not better, while their communities and families continue to suffer.

Legend said the focus should be shifted from incarceration to treatment.

“People with addiction don’t need to be warehoused behind bars with their problems ignored. They need treatment. They need help,” Legend said.  “We’ve tried the option of locking people up. It hasn’t solved the opioid epidemic. It hasn’t solved our overdose crisis.

Another well-known supporter is Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow,” which chronicled the high U.S. prison population and its disproportionate effect on African Americans.

“Issue 1 will help to remove the barriers to work for Ohioans with a drug conviction,” Alexander says, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Ohioan Piper Kerman, who wrote “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison has also added her name to the list of supporters.

Opponents, who have raised considerably less money, are relying on local politicians from both parties to carry their message: judges, prosecutors, coroners and sheriffs. “This is major criminal justice policy being locked into the constitution,” said Paul Pfeifer, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice and Republican lawmaker who now leads the Ohio Judicial Conference. “That’s just the wrong place to do things.”

Supporters of Issue 1 say they have little faith in the GOP-controlled legislature’s political will to make meaningful change.

Issue 1 would reduce penalties for some drug offenses, allow prisoners to reduce their time behind bars by up to 25 percent for completing rehabilitative, work or educational programs, and prohibit prison time as a penalty for probation violations that are not new crimes.

It also would allow those previously convicted of felony drug possession to ask a court to have those charges reduced to misdemeanors, and allocate any money saved from sending fewer people to prison to drug treatment (70 percent), trauma care for crime survivors (15 percent) and local governments to adjust to new rules (15 percent.)

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National Database Tracks ‘Collateral Consequences’ of Justice Involvement

Thousands of state and federal statutes restrict people with criminal records from participating fully in society. A new tool launched Wednesday will help officials identify –and possibly revise or eliminate—them.

The National Reentry Resource Center and the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center have launched a new tool designed to make it easier to identify the damaging “collateral consequences” of involvement in the justice system.

The tool, called the National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction was launched Wednesday. One leading corrections official described it as an important first step in addressing the legal and regulatory sanctions and restrictions that limit or prohibit people with criminal records from accessing employment, occupational licensing, housing, voting, education, and other opportunities.

“It’s amazing how, in the midst of helping people reenter society, we’re often flying blind when it comes to understanding some of the things they’re up against,” said John Wetzel, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections in a press release accompanying the announcement.

“A lot of the time, the people who are responsible for the enforcement of these regulatory sanctions aren’t even aware of them.  This database…gives us a clear view into these obstacles in each state, which will help us navigate the reentry process and, in some cases, could lead to policy change.”

The inventory compiles thousands of statutes that impose collateral consequences in all 50 states, the federal system, and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico into a searchable database by relevant components of the consequence including offense categories, fields of employment, and jurisdiction.

The website, which will be maintained by the CSG Justice Center and is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, is available to the public, but can be particularly useful to defense attorneys, prosecutors, people convicted of crimes, and criminal defendants contemplating plea deals.

“When a person leaves prison or jail, it is critical that they be given an opportunity to succeed,” Justice Michael Boggs of the Georgia Supreme Court said in a press release. “Public safety is improved by ensuring successful reentry. However, there are more than 40,000 provisions in state and federal law that stand in their way right out of the gate.

“The first step to making meaningful change is understanding these barriers. This resource does just that, and it provides the information in a way that’s easy to navigate.”

In its release, the CSG notes that some collateral consequences do serve a legitimate purpose, such as regulations that prevent people convicted of violent offenses from owning guns, prohibit people convicted of assault or physical abuse from working with children or the elderly, and bar people convicted of fraud from positions of public trust.

“But some collateral consequences apply without regard to the relationship between the crime and opportunity being restricted, such as the revocation of a business license after conviction of any felony,” the center wrote on its website.

“Frequently, consequences also apply without consideration of the time passed between the conviction and the opportunity being sought or the person’s rehabilitation efforts since the conviction.”

A movement to restore formerly incarcerated people’s rights has taken shape in recent years, and this year President Donald Trump proclaimed April as Second Chance Month.

The federal Court Security Improvement Act of 2007 called on the National Institute of Justice  to research collateral consequences in each U.S. jurisdiction.  In 2012, the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association began working on the National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction. The project was taken over by the Council of State Governments Justice Center in 2017.

This report was written by TCR news intern J. Gabriel Ware.  Readers’ comments are welcome.

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8,300 Children and Teens Treated Each Year for Gun Injuries: Study

Researchers at Johns Hopkins based the figure on a survey sample of visits to emergency rooms around the U.S. They also estimated the annual cost of treating the youths at $270 million.

More than 8,300 children and teenagers are treated annually for gunshot wounds at emergency rooms around the U.S., according to an estimate by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

This works out to an estimated $270 million a year in medical costs, said Fazal Gani, who led the research team at Johns Hopkins Surgery Center for Outcomes Research.

Gani said the team’s findings were based on data from a sample of 75,086 people younger than 18 who arrived alive at a hospital emergency room with a firearm-related injury. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics Today journal, found that for every 100,000 teens and children who arrived at emergency departments around the nation, 11 were there for a gun injury.

They based their estimate on an extrapolation of those numbers, and their estimate of $270 million in costs from the shootings was based on average emergency room and inpatient charges of $2,445 and $44,966 per visit, respectively.

In an interview published Tuesday by the Hub, the Johns Hopkins online platform, Gani called the figures the “tip of the iceberg.”

“Our study not only highlights the substantial clinical burden and loss of life associated with gunshot wounds, but…the large economic and financial consequences of these injuries to patients and their families, “ he said.

“Unfortunately, these numbers are likely the tip of the iceberg, as we were unable to account for subsequent costs for long-term therapy/rehabilitation or expenses associated with lost work for the parents.”

Roughly 86 percent of the young people in the study group were males with an average age of 15, the report said, and the most common reason for the injury was assault (49 percent) followed by unintentional injuries (38.7 percent).

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Consider a Defendant’s Family and Job before Pretrial Detention: Study

Courts should make decisions on whether to release criminal defendants ahead of trial using the same careful, evidence-based analysis now used for civil defendants, says a professor at the Wake Forest University School of Law.

Criminal courts should consider defendants’ personal and professional lives when determining whether to grant bail, according to a forthcoming paper in the Georgetown Law Journal .

Russell M. Gold, an associate professor at the Wake Forest University School of Law, argued that the “presumption of innocence” should be foremost in the minds of prosecutors during the pretrial process, reserving detention only for those cases where they can demonstrate “likelihood of a defendant causing irreparable injury.”

Gold said judges should be required to explicitly analyze how detention would harm the personal family or economic circumstances of defendants.

“Criminal courts should not simply ignore that a defendant may lose her job, housing, or custody of a child,” Gold wrote. “Rather, [they] should consider those costs to defendants, their loved ones, and the broader public; and detain defendants only when the benefits of detention outweigh those substantial costs.”

In his essay entitled, “Jail as Injunction,” Gold drew what he called a “troubling contrast” between how pretrial decisions were made in criminal and civil cases.

While motions for preliminary injunctions in civil cases are resolved based on written briefings supported by sometimes-extensive evidentiary submissions, and after often-lengthy hearings, pretrial detention decisions speed through the criminal legal system—affording defendants only minutes to explain why they should be permitted their freedom pending trial.

“This disparity is unjustifiable,” he writes. “It is troubling that people can lose their liberty without having been convicted of a crime more easily than a corporation can be ordered to stop doing some activity until the court can figure out who is right.”

Nearly half a million people who haven’t been convicted of anything spend on average one month in pretrial detention, according the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Kalief Browder

Kalief Browder committed suicide after spending three years in pretrial detention on a charge that was later dismissed. Photo courtesy Wikipedia

For some, detention could last years, with tragic results. Gold cited the case of Kalief Browder, who committed suicide after spending three years awaiting trial in New York’s Rikers Island on a theft charge that was eventually dismissed. He was just 16 when he was detained.

Browder’s death led to senators Kamala Harris and Rand Paul and introducing—via a joint column in The New York Times—a bipartisan legislation to help states to tackle bail reform through federal block grants.

“In this historical moment, where pretrial detention and bail systems are changing in many jurisdictions, the preliminary injunction comparison offers a valuable lens through which to reconceptualize pretrial detention,” Gold writes.

The harms of pretrial detention extend to the entire judicial process, Gold wrote, noting that defendants held in detention before trial are often more likely to plead guilty or to be convicted.

“One recent study found that defendants who are detained due to their inability to afford bail have a 30 percent greater chance of being convicted and are likely to be incarcerated for 18 months longer than defendants who are not detained pretrial but are otherwise similarly situated,” he wrote.

Gold said adopting his recommendations could lead to lower costs of pretrial detention, post-trial incarceration, and reduced recidivism.

The full report can be downloaded here.

This summary was prepared by TCR news intern J. Gabriel Ware. Readers’ comments are welcome.

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Florida Man Arrested in Connection With Bomb Plot Against Trump Critics

Federal authorities made an arrest on Friday in connection with the nationwide bombing campaign against outspoken critics of President Trump. It was not immediately clear who had been taken into custody, but a man was arrested in Plantation, Fl. Authorities said the number of suspicious packages found has grown to 12.

Federal authorities made an arrest on Friday in connection with the nationwide bombing campaign against outspoken critics of President Trump. It was not immediately clear who had been taken into custody, but a man was arrested in Plantation, Fl., law enforcement officials said, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Earlier, the FBI reported intercepting suspicious packages addressed to Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper , similar in appearance to pipe bomb devices sent to prominent Democrats .

Investigators scrambled to locate the culprit and motives behind a bizarre plot aimed at critics of President Trump, the Associated Press reports. The discoveries brought to 12 the total number of devices addressed to Democratic figures including former President Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. The package to Booker was intercepted in Florida. The one discovered at a Manhattan postal facility was addressed to Clapper c/o CNN. An earlier package had been sent to former Obama CIA Director John Brennan in care of CNN.

Investigators were analyzing the crude devices to determine whether they were intended to detonate or simply sow fear just before Election Day. Law enforcement officials said  the devices, containing timers and batteries, were not rigged like booby-trapped package bombs that would explode upon opening.

They were uncertain whether the devices were poorly designed or never intended to cause harm. A postal database search suggested at least some may have been mailed from Florida. Investigators are checking a postal facility in Opa-locka, Fl., where they believe some of the packages originated. Details about the devices came as the four-day mail bomb scare spread nationwide, drawing investigators from dozens of federal, state and local agencies.

Trump claimed on Friday he was being blamed for the mail bombs addressed to his critics, complaining in a tweet, “Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!’ ”

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