Colbert extradition delayed a month


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Christopher (aka Christian) Colbert’s extradition from Los Angeles County to Dallas has been delayed, possibly for as long as a month, according to a court clerk in L.A. He has a new court date set for May 18.

A clerk at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles confirms that Colbert is still being held at that facility.

Colbert has been indicted on murder charges in connection with the death of Ronald Shumway last April. After killing Shumway, Colbert is accused of burying the body in cement in the backyard and then falsifying IDs to sell Shumway’s house. Colbert then withdrew the money from Shumway’s bank account and fled to L.A.

A tip from a Dallas Voice reader helped police locate Colbert and L.A. police arrested him on March 3. Dallas police detectives interviewed Colbert in L.A., where Colbert confessed to the murder, but claimed self-defense.

—  David Taffet

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Dallas police confirm murder charges against Colbert

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Christopher Brian Colbert

Dallas police have confirmed that Christopher Brian (Christian) Colbert has been charged with murder in connection with the death last April of Ronald David Shumway.

Colbert is still jailed in Los Angeles on the original charges of tampering with a governmental record, securing execution of a document by deception and money laundering. Murder charges were added after Colbert “waived his rights and spoke with” Dallas Homicide Detective Montenegro and Financial Crimes Detective LaFleur, who had flown to L.A. to talk to the suspect, according to a statement just issued by Dallas police.

Colbert’s bond on all four charges is set at $150,000. Dallas police are working to have him extradited back to Texas.

—  Tammye Nash

Watch: Stephen Colbert Interviews Gay Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes About His New Project ‘Jumo’


Last night, Stephen Colbert interviewed gay Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes about the personal fortune he made from Facebook, his work for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, and his new project, Jumo, which helps people connect with non-profit organizations, learn their stories, and volunteer or donate.


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Dan Savage talks ‘It Gets Better’ with Colbert

This is really, really good. I love Dan Savage — and Colbert was just perfect. He’s going to do an “It Gets Better” video — and he learned a new word.

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At the end of the segment Dan gets a commitment from Stephen Colbert to do an It Gets Better video of his own.

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WEST VIRGINIA: Teabaggers Use Stephen Colbert Against Gov. Joe Manchin

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Stephen Colbert: ‘I Was A Corn Packer’

The blogosphere has spent the last day or so critiquing Stephen Colbert's unusual performance in front of the House Judiciary Committee yesterday. While his jokes were, at the very least, amusing, he did give us a few groan-worthy doozies. In particular, one joke Colbert made in front of Iowa Rep. Steve King about gay Iowans fell remarkably flat.

During the hearing, King commented to Colbert about a video shown at the hearing. King said Colbert was unpacking corn instead of packing it during his trip to the farm. King said he presumed the film was run backward because that was counter-productive to getting the corn to market.

Colbert said he didn't understand the statement, but explained that he was packing corn, even iced it down. Colbert went on to say, "I know it's offensive, because corn packer is a derogatory term for a gay Iowan."

Funny or unfunny? You decide.

Watch Colbert's opening statements here and watch him deliver the corn packer joke, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Stephen Colbert: American Hero, Or A Disgraceful Joke?


Stephen Colbert appeared before Congress today to discuss illegal immigrants in the farming community, and he did so the politicized character made famous on his Comedy Central Show, The Colbert Report.

"It is an honor and a privilege, Congresswoman [Zoe Lofgren] asked me to share vast experience spending one day as a migrant farm worker. I am happy to use my celebrity to draw attention to this important, complicated issue," said Colbert before the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on immigration.

He went on: "[Farm work] was really, really hard… It turns out — and I did not know this — most soil is at ground level." Colbert's comments were humorous, yes, and has some people criticizing Colbert for turning the Capitol into a media circus. But isn't that the point?

“America’s farms are presently far too dependent on immigrant labor to pick our fruits and vegetables. Now the obvious answer is for all of us to stop eating fruits and vegetables and if you look at the recent obesity statistics, you’ll see that many Americans have already started," said the comedian, who once appeared as the closeted gay teacher Chuck Noblet on Strangers with Candy and has joined the United Farm Workers of America's "Take Our Jobs" campaign, which sheds like on the plight of migrant farmers in America.

Of course, as Colbert pointed out, we need fruits and vegetables: "Unfortunately, my doctor has informed me that they are a necessary source of roughage. As evidence, I would like to submit a video of my colonoscopy into the congressional record."

"Who will take that job?" remains Colbert's underlying, rib-tickling question. Not everyone thought he was funny.

"Maybe amnesty supporters should spend less time watching Comedy Central and more time considering all the real jobs that are out there that require hard labor and don't involve sitting behind a desk," snipped Iowa Rep. Steve King at the hearings, and fellow GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz tweeted this week, "The Dems have called him [Colbert] as an expert witness. What a joke."

Rep. John Conyers Jr., meanwhile, compared all the attention to that surrounding Bill Clinton's impeachment proceedings. "That's a haunting remembrance," said the Michigan Democrat. That sounds like a ringing endorsement of Colbert's appearance!

Despite being a "hot-button" issue in Washington, many Americans, particularly Colbert's young audience, aren't paying enough attention to the nooks and crannies of immigration reform. It's an idea, one without specifics or human faces.

Colbert, for all his sly smiles and dry wit, wants to raise awareness of illegal existence in the United States, and perhaps change some minds on the process of legalizing undocumented workers.

No matter which way someone leans on the topic, Colbert's appearance will definitely — and has already — sparked civil discourse, a cornerstone of any democratic nation. While the "media circus" aspect of Colbert's entertainment credentials deserves examination, the real focus should be on the funny man's message, one that addresses not only immigration, but also the essential importance of public debate.

Here's video of Colbert's opening statements today:

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Stephen Colbert On Prop 8 Overturn

One of his all-time best! Required viewing.

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