Judge waives fines for Saudi student in heartwarming viral clip

US judge Frank Caprio, an Internet sensation thanks to his short videos of rulings he makes in court, warmed to Saudi student Tahani Al-Manei who is in the state studying for a network engineering degree. (Screenshot/YouTube)
Updated 07 March 2019
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Judge waives fines for Saudi student in heartwarming viral clip

LONDON: A heartwarming encounter between a Saudi student in the US and a Rhode Island judge has gone viral in the Middle East.
US judge Frank Caprio, an internet sensation thanks to his short videos of rulings he makes in court, warmed to Tahani Al-Manei who is in the state studying for a network engineering degree.
In the video, having been told that Al-Manei has flouted parking rules on six different occasions and has not paid the fines, he questioned why she keeps parking in a paid zone without payment.
When Al-Manei explained her predicament of not being able to park anywhere, Judge Caprio reduced a potential $350 fine to $75, saying he understood that she is a student and was trying to do the right thing.
Caprio asked the student if she enjoyed living in the city — she replied “so, so” saying that her car had been targeted on a number of occasions by local residents.
On hearing this, Caprio said he admired her attitude for coming to study in a different country, waived the fine completely and wished her good luck in resolving the parking issue.
The judge’s videos have been spreading across the internet with more than 1.7 billion views worldwide, while his “Caught in Providence” show is broadcast in 186 cities across the US.


Adoptive mom arrested for alleged abuse of child YouTube stars

This recent undated photo released by the Pinal County Detention Center on March 21, 2019 shows Machelle Hackney after being arrested. (AFP)
Updated 25 March 2019
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Adoptive mom arrested for alleged abuse of child YouTube stars

  • One alleged that “her mother would spray her and her siblings with pepper spray all over their face and body,” while another “stated they would go days without food, water,” the document said

WASHINGTON: YouTube has removed a channel that featured children playing with toy guns and whistling after police arrested their adoptive mother for allegedly starving them, locking them in closets and pepper-spraying them.
The “Fantastic Adventures” channel had more than 700,000 followers and 240 million views.
The seven adopted children told investigators of “having to participate” in the YouTube shows, a court document says.
“They stated they are disciplined in the manners above if they do not recall their lines or do not participate as they are directed to,” says the document filed in Pinal County, Arizona.
“They further stated this is one of the reasons their mom took them out of school so they can keep filming their series and they mentioned they have not been in school for years.”
The youngsters were aged between six and 15.
One alleged that “her mother would spray her and her siblings with pepper spray all over their face and body,” while another “stated they would go days without food, water,” the document said.
They were also “locked in the closet for days at a time” and two said they were sprayed or pinched in the genitals, it added.
Officers from Maricopa, outside Phoenix, said the children “appeared to be malnourished.”
Arrested last week, Machelle Hackney, 47, — known as Machelle Hobson on her channel — was charged with seven counts of child abuse, two counts of child molestation, five counts of unlawful imprisonment and seven counts of child neglect.
Police told AFP on Thursday that she remains in custody after a Tuesday hearing, but her two biological sons, also arrested, were released. Ryan Hackney and Logan Hackney, both 27, are charged with seven counts of failing to report abuse.
The adopted children also appeared in superhero costumes on the channel, which YouTube took down on Wednesday.