Video footage played in court Tuesday showed a former Rapid City priest entering a church in

Video footage played in court Tuesday showed a former Rapid City priest entering a church in the middle of the night to steal parishioner donations.  And it wasn’t the only time Marcin Garbacz stole donations, a prosecutor told a jury at the federal court in Rapid City.  Garbacz, 41, is indicted on 50 counts of wire fraud, nine counts of money laundering, five counts of filing false tax returns and one count of transporting stolen money for allegedly stealing more than $250,000 to pay for expensive artwork between July 2012 and April 2018. His trial before a jury of eight women and six men (two are serving as alternates) is scheduled to last through March 13.  In addition to watching the surveillance footage, jurors also listened to Bishop Robert Gruss and Father Michel Mulloy as they testified in their white clerical collars.  “I have video evidence, would you like to see it?” Gruss remembers asking Garbacz on April 23, 2018. “It was very hard to understand why he had made that choice,” said Mulloy, who is leading the Diocese of Rapid City as it awaits a new bishop. Gruss was transferred July 2019 to the Diocese of Saginaw in Michigan.  Jurors and...

With the stated intent of combating illegal immigration, Senators Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham

With the stated intent of combating illegal immigration, Senators Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) are crafting new legislation to institute a national identification card. The card would be required in order to be eligible for employment, and would in turn enable employers to identify and reject illegal immigrants who are seeking work. The card would be biometric, i.e., containing identifying characteristics unique to the physiology of the cardholder. In this case the biometrics would most likely be comprised of either a fingerprint or a scan of the veins on the back of the hand. This is not the first time a biometric card has been proposed: in the wake of 9-11, there was a strong push for a national ID card on the basis of national security. Schumer and Graham claim that the institution of a national ID would not be accompanied by the creation of a complementary database; however, no national identification system has ever operated independently of a database. It would be impossible to run a national ID system without a corresponding database available for purposes of verification. Thus, although the card would initially include only biometric and citize...