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  • 'Accused is guilty': Campus rape tribunals punish without proof, critics say

    06/17/2015 11:09:17 AM PDT · by Sopater · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 17, 2015
    A former Amherst College student is just the latest in a long line of men whose lives have been turned upside-down after being accused of sexual assault in what they say were consensual encounters, punished in campus tribunals where, in some cases, critics say, they’re guilty even after proving their innocence. The former student, whose name has not been made public, was expelled after his alleged victim, the roommate of his girlfriend, complained some 21 months after the incident and despite what evidence appears to show was consensual sex. As in many campus procedures which enforce school sanctions and not...
  • Vermont woman shown on video cutting cop’s throat with knife acquitted of attempted murder

    06/03/2014 1:35:00 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 40 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | 06-03-2014 | Philip Caulfield
    A Vermont woman who sneaked up behind a police officer while under arrest and allegedly tried to slit his throat with a knife was found not guilty of attempted murder. Jennifer Berube, 40, was acquitted of attempted second-degree murder and a lesser charge of attempted aggravated assault on Friday by a jury in Rutland, a city in western Vermont about 60 miles south of Burlington. Surveillance footage from inside the station house showed Berube grabbing Nguyen by the neck with a 2-inch blade in her hand before getting overpowered by several other officers. Nguyen suffered a cut near his jugular...
  • L.A. County deputies fatally shoot man by mistake

    04/11/2014 4:01:06 AM PDT · by from occupied ga · 44 replies
    LA times ^ | 4/10/14 | Joseph Serna, Cindy Chang and Ruben Vives
    Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot two hostages, killing one, earlier this week as the men fled a knife-wielding captor in West Hollywood, officials said Thursday ... The Sheriff's Department's initial news release the day after the shooting made no mention of the mistaken identity and said the two people shot had "aggressed the deputies."
  • Innocent Man Freed After 25 Years in Prison

    04/08/2014 4:52:27 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 28 replies
    NBC ^ | Apr 8, 2014 | Jonathan Dienst and Roseanne Colletti
    An innocent man who spent nearly a quarter century in prison for a murder he did not commit walked out of a Brooklyn courtroom with his freedom and his mother by his side Tuesday. Jonathan Fleming, now 51 years old, was in tears as he hugged his lawyers and family Tuesday after his conviction was thrown out by a judge. "I feel like the time I felt when he was born and the nurse bring him to me," said Patricia Fleming, the mother of the wrongly jailed man. "That's how happy I was." From the start, Fleming proclaimed his innocence...
  • The website that records the last word of EVERY prisoner executed in Texas…

    07/08/2013 12:59:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12:32 EST, 8 July 2013 | Ashley Collman
    A quick Google search can tell you what John Lennon’s last words were, but for anyone who isn’t a celebrity, last words are either forgotten or unmemorable. In the case of death row convicts in the state of Texas, they may not all be famous, but their words are being preserved forever. Ever since the death penalty was reinstated in December 1982, last words have been recorded, and more recently they’ve been posted on a penitentiary website. Texas euthanizes more convicts than any other state in the U.S., having reached their monumental 500th execution on June 26. …
  • Australia Orders Federal Child Sex Abuse Inquiry - (Catholic Church)

    11/12/2012 7:26:47 AM PST · by haffast · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 12, 2012 | KRISTEN GELINEAU
    Australia Orders Federal Child Sex Abuse Inquiry By KRISTEN GELINEAU Associated Press SYDNEY November 12, 2012 (AP) Australia's prime minister ordered a federal inquiry Monday into allegations of child sex abuse in state and religious institutions and community groups following a string of sexual abuse accusations against priests and claims of a Catholic Church cover-up. (snip) Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, who spent years investigating abuse allegations in the Hunter region, said the church destroyed evidence, silenced victims and shuffled around accused priests in a bid to cover up abuse. There have been hundreds of allegations of abuse by priests...
  • Hickory man found innocent after 24 years in prison

    10/08/2012 8:48:04 AM PDT · by Altariel · 21 replies
    NEWTON, N.C. — A man who spent almost 24 years in prison after he was convicted of rape has now been found innocent of the crime. A three-judge panel ruled Friday that Willie Grimes did not rape and kidnap a 69-year-old woman from Hickory in 1987. Grimes' lawyer presented evidence during the weeklong hearing that showed police did not question a half-dozen people who said Grimes was somewhere else when the rape happened. They also showed that two fingerprints found at the home where the rape happened were linked to another man, who has been charged with several rapes during...
  • U.S. inspector faults (14) federal agents in gun probe, clears Holder

    09/19/2012 5:45:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/19/12 | David Ingram | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department's internal watchdog faulted 14 federal agents and prosecutors on Wednesday for the botched anti-gun-trafficking effort known as "Operation Fast and Furious" but cleared Attorney General Eric Holder of any wrongdoing. The report by the department's inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, prompted two senior officials to leave the government. Congressional Republicans investigating the mismanaged operation had accused Holder of covering it up. A report bolstering their claim would have been an embarrassment for President Barack Obama, who appointed Holder to his job, in the home stretch of the presidential campaign. One U.S. agent was...
  • Texas Man Freed After DNA Clears Him Of 1988 Rape

    08/27/2012 7:33:28 PM PDT · by Altariel · 77 replies
    CBS Local (DFW) ^ | August 24, 2012 | CBS Dallas
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – After serving 24 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, today a North Texas man received an apology from a judge and a standing ovation in the courtroom. David Lee Wiggins was freed from jail Friday after DNA tests proved he wasn’t the person who raped a 14-year-old girl back in 1988. Wiggins was convicted of Aggravated Sexual Assault in 1989 after the teen victim identified him. The person who assaulted the young girl had covered her face for during most of the attack. Police showed the girl a photo lineup, then a live...
  • Outrage as police shoot and kill the wrong man in hunt for attempted murder suspect....

    07/16/2012 12:59:03 PM PDT · by Student0165 · 53 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 07/16/2012 | Laura Cox
    An innocent man was shot dead by police after deputies mistook him for an attempted murder suspect. Lake County, Florida officers showed up at the Blueberry Hill apartment of Andrew Scott at around 1.30am on Sunday Roused from his bed in the middle of the night by an unknown presence at his property, Andrew Scott answered the door holding a gun. Officers had not announced who they were because they did not want the man they thought was inside, Jonathan Brown, to escape.
  • Watch Brian Banks Try Out With The Seahawks, Get Invited To Minicamp

    06/08/2012 9:49:55 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 2 replies
    sportsgrid ^ | 6-8-12 | Glenn Davis
    Watch Brian Banks Try Out With The Seahawks, Get Invited To Minicamp by Glenn Davis | 6:26 pm, June 8th, 2012 You’ve seen the story of Brian Banks, the former hotshot high school football prospect who spent five years in prison for a rape the alleged victim later admitted never happened. You’ve seen Banks mark his new life as a free man with a Tonight Show appearance. But what you probably haven’t seen yet is Banks’ attempt to resume his football career, which was once so promising. Well, that changes now. Banks mentioned his upcoming tryout with the Seahawks to...
  • After IVF we became pregnant with triplets, but my wife wanted two of the babies aborted

    03/14/2012 9:30:42 AM PDT · by Morgana · 74 replies · 1+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 3/14/2012 | Anonymous
    March 14, 2012 (AmericanThinker.com) - My soul carries a new scar. The pain is fresh and keen, and I know that while time might see the pain fade, I will never fully recover from what I’ve seen, and done. For I have failed, intentionally and knowingly, in the first duty of a parent: protecting the lives of two of my children. My wife and I wanted children; alas, we needed IVF treatment to realize this dream. Several cycles and multiple embryo implantations later, we welcomed our blessing from G-d, who is the light of our lives. Recently, we tried for...
  • Jerry Sandusky will be found innocent (letter to the editor)

    11/12/2011 4:14:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 74 replies · 1+ views
    YDR ^ | 11/09/11 | DIANN BISHOP
    Jerry Sandusky will be found innocentLetter to the Editor Updated: 11/09/2011 12:37:09 PM EST I have to say I find the accusations against Jerry Sandusky very hard to believe. I have met and know Jerry through The Second Mile. Both of my daughters were a part of the Second Mile program, and it is a great program for kids. I would have never hesitated one minute to allow Jerry to be with my children. He is being judged in the court of opinions. This man is innocent. I support Jerry 100 percent. I also ask that people please do not...

    10/03/2011 12:57:47 PM PDT · by montag813 · 541 replies · 1+ views
  • Rebekah Brooks arrested by hacking police

    07/17/2011 6:10:02 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 153 replies
    BBC ^ | July 17th 2011 | Staff
    Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has been arrested in connection with an investigation into phone hacking and bribery. The 43-year-old was arrested by appointment by Operation Weeting police at a London police station. Met Police said she is currently still in custody. This is the 10th arrest made by police investigating hacking allegations by the News of the World newspaper. She was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of corruption allegations. The Operation Weeting team is conducting the current investigation into phone hacking.
  • Insurgent Attack Injures Afghan Civilians in Paktiya

    07/08/2011 2:46:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    PAKTIYA, Afghanistan (July 8, 2011)– An insurgent mortar attack landed in a civilian populated area injuring eight Afghan civilians in Dand Patan district, July 3. At least 3 mortar rounds fired by insurgents resulted in severe injuries requiring medical evacuation. Coalition Special Forces operating near the incident provided first aid and called for a medical evacuation. Four young male children, a female child under the age of 2, one female adult, and two male adults were medically evacuated from the scene by coalition forces to a U.S. military hospital for treatment. The injured had severe shrapnel wounds to the head,...
  • The Prosecution Rests, but I Can’t

    04/10/2011 9:24:30 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 57 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 9th, 2011 | John Thompson
    I SPENT 18 years in prison for robbery and murder, 14 of them on death row. I’ve been free since 2003, exonerated after evidence covered up by prosecutors surfaced just weeks before my execution date. Those prosecutors were never punished. Last month, the Supreme Court decided 5-4 to overturn a case I’d won against them and the district attorney who oversaw my case, ruling that they were not liable for the failure to turn over that evidence — which included proof that blood at the robbery scene wasn’t mine. Because of that, prosecutors are free to do the same thing...
  • (O.J., not Homer) Simpson's Lawyer Answers Critics

    01/09/2011 2:38:10 PM PST · by Izzy Dunne · 16 replies
    The Maine Sunday Telegram ^ | Jan. 9, 2011 | J. Hemmerdinger
    Simpson lawyer answers critics F. Lee Bailey: "So many people said, 'You are the reason he got off.' It is very frustrating, a terribly raw deal. ... It is the most sustained assault on my credibility that I have ever experienced. Why -- if I knew he was guilty -- why go around taking this abuse?" By J. Hemmerdinger jhemmerdinger@pressherald.comStaff Writer YARMOUTH - Former O.J. Simpson defense lawyer F. Lee Bailey is out to set his record straight. click image to enlarge F. Lee Bailey click image to enlarge O.J. Simpson reacts, Oct. 3, 1995, as he is found not guilty...
  • Mexican Officials: Surveillance Camera Recorded Fatal Border Shooting

    01/07/2011 1:46:27 PM PST · by Mayr Fortuna · 6 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Published January 07, 2011 | FoxNews.com
    A police surveillance camera in Mexico reportedly recorded the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old Mexican teen by a U.S. Border Patrol agent early Wednesday. Jose Larrinarga Talamantes, a spokesman for the Sonora Attorney General's Office in Hermosillo, told Nogales International that state investigators have confirmed the existence of the video with officials in Nogales, Sonora, and have asked for a copy. "But it hasn't arrived yet," Talamantes told Nogales International.
  • Feds Clear DeLay. He Calls Pelosi “The Swamp” (THE HAMMER IS LOOSE!)

    08/16/2010 9:58:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/16/10 | Chad Pergram
    Feds Clear DeLay. He Calls Pelosi “The Swamp”Chad Pergram | August 16, 2010 It's been a long time since former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) got the chance to come out swinging in public. But that's exactly what the feisty former GOP leader did Monday when the Justice Department told his attorneys it closed its inquiry of DeLay after a six year probe. DeLay was his vintage himself during a telephone conference call with reporters. "They didn't have anything," DeLay boasted. "The case was so weak I never did meet with anyone from the Justice Department and never appeared...
  • Lawyer says DOJ ends criminal probe of Tom DeLay

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has ended its six-year criminal probe of the ties between former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and disgraced ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff without filing any criminal charges against the former congressman. One of DeLay's lawyers, Richard Cullen, said Monday the Justice Department's Office of Public Integrity informed DeLay's legal team early last week that it was ending the investigation. "Six years is a long time and I'm sure he wishes it had happened years ago," Cullen said of the conclusion of the investigation. Cullen added that "for me, the result trumps the timing." Justice Department spokeswoman...
  • Teacher facing sex charges involving 3 students (Presumed Innocent jury awaiting more photos)

    06/02/2010 12:09:58 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 56 replies · 3,114+ views
    WSYR ^ | 6-1-10 | WSYR
    Canandaigua (WSYR-TV) - A Canandaigua school teacher is facing charges, accused of performing oral sex on a 17-year-old student. 36-year-old Marla Gurecki-Haskins is also accused of "Sexting" two other students. Police say some of the incidents happened in her classroom during school hours. According to court paperwork, she's accused of "engaging in text messaging of a sexual nature that encouraged a sexual relationship between the defendant and two 16 year old male students." Haskins is charged with official misconduct, two counts endangering welfare of a child and disseminating indecent material to a minor. The third charge is a felony. Haskins...
  • Final Navy Seal found NOT GUILTY on all counts

    05/06/2010 3:08:07 PM PDT · by DTogo · 121 replies · 2,567+ views
    FoxNews ^ | May 6. 2010 | DTogo
    Final Navy Seal charged in the "fat lip" of an Iraqi terrorist found not guilty, breaking on FNC per Brett Bear.
  • Second Navy SEAL Innocent!

    04/23/2010 1:15:52 PM PDT · by scottfactor · 20 replies · 532+ views
    ScottFactor.com ^ | 04/23/2010 | Scott Factor
    A U.S. military judge on Friday cleared a Navy SEAL of any wrongdoing in the alleged beating of an Iraqi prisoner suspected of masterminding the grisly 2004 killings of four American contractors. http://scottfactor.com
  • Martha’s Greatest Hits VI: Why Did Coakley Fight So Hard to Keep an Innocent Man Behind Bars?

    01/18/2010 9:32:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies · 622+ views
    Not since the Salem witchcraft trials has there been a worse disgrace in the annals of Massachusetts jurisprudence: the railroading of an innocent Malden family during the legally sanctioned insanity known as the Fells Acres child-abuse case. Probably the apogee of the mass hysteria that gripped the U.S. beginning about 1995, the Amirault case continues to resonate – in part thanks to Martha Coakley’s inexplicable disinterest in seeing that justice was done. You can read up on the case here and here. Be sure to steel yourself. And then ask yourself: how could any rational human being have possibly believed...
  • Facebook alibi saves jailed teen

    11/12/2009 4:58:20 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 12 replies · 799+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 12, 2009 | ERIN CALABRESE
    Pass the syrup -- this lucky guy is eating breakfast at home instead of on Rikers Island. A Brooklyn teen's playful Facebook message to his pregnant girlfriend about pancakes sprung him from jail and helped him avoid years in prison for a holdup he didn't commit. Prosecutors dropped a robbery charge against Rodney Bradford, 19, after learning his Facebook account status had been updated with the inside joke "WHERE MY IHOP?" from a computer in his dad's Harlem apartment one minute before an Oct. 17 stickup of two men in Brooklyn's Farragut Houses. "They had me on Rikers Island...
  • Michael Jackson biographer says singer not 'child molester'

    07/15/2009 5:06:27 PM PDT · by Kimberly GG · 28 replies · 1,110+ views
    The Province ^ | 7/11/2009 | Anne Sutherland
    "When Montreal-born author Ian Halperin first set out to write the definitive Michael Jackson biography, his intention was to nail the pop icon to the wall. It was 2005 and Jackson had just been acquitted of a second charge of child molestation. By the time Halperin, 44, finished the book, and long before Jackson died two weeks ago, his opinion of the troubled artist had undergone a 180-degree shift."....
  • Michael Jackson was ruined after child molestation trial - Tito Jackson

    07/15/2009 5:00:42 PM PDT · by Kimberly GG · 33 replies · 1,598+ views
    Mirror.uk ^ | 7/16/09 | Martin Fricker
    "The phone rang at Neverland – and it was crunch time for Michael Jackson as he was told the jury had reached their verdicts in his child molestation trial. Calmly, the entire Jackson clan climbed into cars for the 30-minute drive to Santa Maria. Jackson was in a black Cadillac Escalade SUV, accompanied by mum Katherine and dad Joe. Not long into the journey, he leaned over and whispered in Katherine’s ear. “If this doesn’t go right, take care of my kids,” he pleaded. “Make sure my kids are fine.” It was the first time the King of Pop had...
  • Salvation by Moonwalking: The Jacked-Up Message from Michael Jackson’s Demise

    07/12/2009 4:28:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 770+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 11, 2009 | Doug Giles
    Is anybody else out there not buying the Mother Teresa comparison crap the MSM is attempting to pawn off on us regarding Michael Jackson? This would be the same media that routinely—and righteously, I might add—exposed, ridiculed and condemned Wacko Jacko while he was alive for all of his out-of-this-world, can’t-get-more-jacked-up-than-that asininities he shoved up our culture’s collective tailpipe. Let me see if I get this straight. If I live by Jacko’s rules: • I can, as a 50-year-old man, sleep with a stack of little boys in my bedroom—a room, mind you, that is protected with advanced Maxwell Smart...
  • Martin Bashir's must-see interview with Michael Jackson re-airs today at 1PM ET, Sunday 12noon ET

    07/11/2009 9:34:57 AM PDT · by ETL · 13 replies · 1,844+ views
    It'll be on the dopey MSNBC channel. They apparently don't even list it on their website, but I know it will be on at 1PM ET today and again tomorrow (Sunday) at 12 noon ET. In any case, you have got to see it to believe it. "Weird" doesn't begin to describe it.
  • LA police chief: Jackson investigation might turn (BAD) criminal (Pedophile? Sure, but...)

    07/09/2009 10:04:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies · 1,627+ views
    LA police chief: Jackson investigation might turn criminalBy Deutsche Presse Agentur His statements Thursday to CNN were the clearest indication yet that some of the many doctors who treated Jackson over the years could have helped him illegally get the prescription drugs that were suspected of being a factor in his death. Bratton's comments came as the Jackson family was waiting for the results of the pop star's official autopsy and the independent autopsy that were conducted shortly after his June 25 death. "We are still awaiting corroboration from the coroner's office as to cause of death," Bratton told CNN....
  • With Michael Jackson's Death, (His) Pedophile Victims Find Final, Elusive "Closure" [Article]

    07/07/2009 10:34:52 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 60 replies · 3,501+ views
    AmericanInTokyo ^ | 8 July 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    This was the news article that was not written.This was the scoop that was not painstakingly sought after by responsible members of the American news media, in fierce competition with each other.These were the shaking, impressionable quotes and stunning off-camera comments that were not gathered in the course of good American journalism.In short, this was the story that was not to be.
  • New York Congressman Blasts Jackson as 'Pervert, Low-Life' (Finally saying it like it is)

    07/06/2009 6:19:17 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 179 replies · 4,530+ views
    fox news ^ | 7/6/2009 | fox news
    A New York congressman says Michael Jackson was a "pervert" and calls on society to stop "glorifying" the late entertainer in a YouTube video. Rep. Peter King said Jackson -- whom he called a "low-life" -- is being glorified in the days after his death while society ignores the efforts, of teachers, police officers, firefighters and veterans. In the two-minute video, King claims the "day in and day out" coverage of Jackson's death is "too politically correct." "Let's knock out the psychobabble," King said in the video taped outside an American Legion Hall on New York's Long Island. "He was...
  • Brooke Shields Recalls Special Relationship with Michael Jackson

    07/07/2009 2:44:13 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 26 replies · 21,038+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | 7/7/09, 5:28 pm EST
    A teary Brooke Shields approached the podium at Michael Jackson’s public memorial in Los Angeles today and spoke about the unique friendship the two shared as 1980s megastars thrust into the spotlight at a young age. In the special Michael Jackson commemorative issue of Rolling Stone hitting stands this week, the model-actress reveals the King of Pop asked her to marry him — more than once. “I would say, ‘You have me for the rest of your life, you don’t need to marry me, I’m going to go on and do my own life and have my own marriage and...
  • Troopers union backs off on allegations (Sarah Exonerated Again!)

    01/06/2009 8:23:40 AM PST · by Obushma · 32 replies · 2,233+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 01.05.2009 | TOM KIZZIA
    The union representing state troopers has backed off allegations that a drug investigation of Sherry Johnston was slowed down last fall to shield the national candidacy of Gov. Sarah Palin. An inquiry Monday by officials for the Public Safety Employees Association concluded that investigators did not delay a search warrant for political reasons, said union president Rob Cox. Charges of political meddling erupted last week because of misunderstandings between investigators working on the case and senior state public safety officials, Cox said.
  • 3 William Jefferson D-La relatives plead innocent (to ripping off three charities they founded)

    06/21/2008 9:44:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 244+ views
    3 Jefferson relatives plead innocent Three relatives of indicted U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., have pleaded innocent to charges they ripped off three charities they founded. Mose Jefferson; his sister, 4th District Assessor Betty Jefferson; and her daughter, Angela Coleman all entered pleas at an arraignment hearing Friday, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported. They are accused of skimming more than $600,000 from three non-profit groups. U.S. Magistrate Louis Moore told the trio to avoid any contact with Brenda Foster, who pleaded guilty Wednesday. Foster, who also goes by the name Brenda Jefferson, is a sibling of the congressman, as well...
  • Former topless model joins Berlusconi's cabinet as Italy's equalities minister

    05/08/2008 6:46:16 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 107 replies · 19,138+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 9th May 2008 | NICK PISA
    It is not the sort of appointment Gordon Brown would make to his cabinet. But then Mr Brown is no Silvio Berlusconi, playboy and man of ostentatious political gestures. The Italian prime minister, long known for his fondness for pretty women, has named former topless model and beauty queen Mara Carfagna as equal opportunities minister in his new cabinet. Miss Carfagna, 33, turned to politics after a career on TV following her sixth-place finish in the 1997 Miss Italy contest. She has also posed topless and semi-naked for photoshoots but has always underlined her family values and stressed none of...
  • Wrongly Convicted Man Released After 26 Years (attorney knew the truth)

    04/21/2008 1:00:26 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 145 replies · 158+ views
    cbs ^ | 4-20-08 | Blakely
    Wrongly Convicted Man Released After 26 Years Reporting Derrick Blakley CHICAGO (CBS) The man who spent 26 years in prison for a crime he says he didn't commit was released on bond Friday night. Alton Logan's release was made possible because of two attorneys who this year dropped a bombshell when they admitted Logan was the wrong man convicted of a crime. CBS 2's Derrick Blakley reports Logan had been serving a life sentence for the 1982 murder of a McDonald's security guard. Another man, Andrew Wilson, told his lawyers years ago that he was the real killer. But under...
  • Case vs. Marine's widow is dropped (Cynthia Sommer)

    04/18/2008 11:30:29 PM PDT · by TheDon · 15 replies · 143+ views
    UNION-TRIBUNE ^ | April 18, 2008 | Dana Littlefield
    Cynthia Sommer, accused of fatally poisoning her Miramar Marine husband with arsenic, spent two years and four months behind bars. Yesterday, the 34-year-old mother of four walked out of the Las Colinas jail a free woman, after prosecutors dropped the murder case against her. Prosecutors said they now have reasonable doubt that Sgt. Todd Sommer was poisoned, based on conclusions reached by a new set of toxicology experts. San Diego Superior Court Judge John Einhorn granted the prosecutors' motion to dismiss “without prejudice,” meaning they have the option to refile charges later. Cynthia Sommer's defense lawyer has said he plans...
  • DNA frees man who spent almost 23 years in prison for rape

    04/16/2008 7:28:06 PM PDT · by Strategerist · 154 replies · 152+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | April 16, 2008 | Jeff Carlton
    After spending nearly 23 years in prison for a rape he did not commit, Thomas Clifford McGowan on Wednesday heard the words that set him free. "Words cannot express how sorry I am for the last 23 years," said state District Judge Susan Hawk, moments after overturning his convictions. "I believe you can walk out of here a free man." McGowan, 49, won his freedom after a DNA test this month proved what he had always professed: that he did not rape a Dallas-area woman in 1985 and then burglarize her apartment. He was convicted of both crimes in separate...
  • Woman pleads guilty to false rape report

    03/20/2008 4:05:34 PM PDT · by StarfireIV · 36 replies · 1,137+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | March 20, 2008 | Peyton Whitely
    Woman pleads guilty to false rape report By Peyton Whitely Seattle Times Eastside bureau A 22-year-old former Woodinville woman pleaded guiltyTuesday to making a false rape accusation against a local college professor last June. King County District Court Judge Peter Nault called the case one of the "saddest" he'd ever seen in court and one that is likely to have long-term impact on future investigations. "That we hurry to castigate a person who turns out to be entirely innocent ... I don't know how it could be worse," said Nault, saying the incident will make it harder for real sexual...
  • Japanese model gets off thanks to large breasts

    03/04/2008 12:15:18 PM PST · by jdm · 111 replies · 10,786+ views
    The Metro (U.K.) ^ | March 04, 2008 | Staff
    A bikini model in Japan has been cleared of property destruction after an appeal court heard that her large breasts meant she couldn't have committed the crime. Serena Kozakura – her professional name – was convicted in 2007 of kicking a hole in a man's door and crawling inside, supposedly because she was angry that he was with another woman. However, in her defence, her counsel asked the court to compare the size of the hole in the door with Kozakura's 110cm bust – and suggested that she couldn't possibly have made it through the gap. Kozakura maintains that the...
  • Troops Detain Suspect, Treat Taliban Gunfire Victim

    11/15/2007 3:13:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 114+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2007 – Afghan and coalition forces detained one suspect and treated a woman victimized by Taliban gunfire in Afghanistan in recent days, military officials said. Combined forces detained one suspect in a Nov. 13 operation to disrupt foreign-fighter facilitators in the Qalat district of Zabul province. Actionable intelligence led coalition forces to compounds in the district where they searched for militant facilitators thought to be hiding in the area. Troops found and detained a person with alleged links to foreign-fighter-facilitation operations, as well as other extremist activities, officials said. Some damage occurred to a building during the...
  • Sen. Ted Stevens' Home Searched by FBI, IRS

    07/30/2007 4:05:59 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 69 replies · 3,990+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 20070730 | N/A
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents searched the home of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens on Monday. Investigative sources told FOX News that the FBI
  • FBI, IRS searching (Senator) Stevens' Girdwood house

    07/30/2007 3:53:33 PM PDT · by yorkie · 97 replies · 4,194+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | July 30, 2007
    Federal law enforcement agents are currently searching the Girdwood home of Alaska U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, an FBI agent said. "All I can say is that agents from the FBI and IRS are currently conducting a search at that residence," said Dave Heller, the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Anchorage office. The search began this afternoon, he said.
  • (Ted) Stevens fears impact of current probe

    07/09/2007 5:27:43 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 47 replies · 1,474+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 9, 2007 | LARRY MARGASAK and MATT APUZZO
    Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator and once the chief power broker for dispensing federal dollars, says he's worried that a corruption investigation "could cause me some trouble" in running for re-election next year. ADVERTISEMENT The 83-year-old Alaska Republican has drawn Justice Department scrutiny over a renovation project in 2000 that more than doubled the size of his home in a resort town surrounded by glaciers. The remodeling was overseen by Bill Allen, a contractor who has pleaded guilty to bribing Alaska state legislators. Allen is founder of VECO Corp., an Alaska-based oil field services and engineering company that has...
  • Babies Not As Innocent As They Pretend

    06/30/2007 5:24:12 PM PDT · by blam · 131 replies · 2,646+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-1-2007 | Richard Gray
    Babies not as innocent as they pretend By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent Last Updated: 12:01am BST 01/07/2007 Whether lying about raiding the biscuit tin or denying they broke a toy, all children try to mislead their parents at some time. Yet it now appears that babies learn to deceive from a far younger age than anyone previously suspected. Behavioural experts have found that infants begin to lie from as young as six months. Simple fibs help to train them for more complex deceptions in later life. Until now, psychologists had thought the developing brains were not capable of the difficult...
  • Frist Not Charged as Investigators Close Probe of His Hospital Stock Sales

    04/26/2007 7:51:38 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 12 replies · 608+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/27/07 | Carrie Johnson
    Ending an investigation that clouded the tenure of former Senate majority leader Bill Frist, federal prosecutors have decided not to file insider-trading charges against the Tennessee Republican for his sales of stock in a family-owned chain of hospitals. The U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York and Securities and Exchange Commission staff sent Frist letters last week signaling that they had closed their joint, 18-month investigation. The letters essentially cleared him of wrongdoing. Frist said in a statement that he "acted properly" and that his only reason for selling stock in his trust accounts was to "eliminate the...
  • Duke media relations is unaware whether any of the "Group of 88" has apologized

    04/13/2007 1:39:01 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 78 replies · 3,347+ views
    duke univ ^ | 4-13-07 | dfu
    After the rape allegations against three young men from the Duke lacrosse team, 88 professors, including 11 from the history department, signed a public statement that they were "listening" regarding the allegations. Their actions led to campus protestors putting up wanted posters of the young innocent men and branding the lacrosse team as rapists. We all watched in amazement as Attorney General Cooper made a statement a few days ago that is almost unprecedented. He didn't say that there was not enough evidence in the case. He said that the young men were innocent. A short time ago, I spoke...
  • (January 5, 2007 article) Lacrosse player sues Duke professor who failed him in wake of scandal

    04/12/2007 8:05:51 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 60 replies · 1,829+ views
    abc local ^ | 1-5-07
    Lacrosse player sues Duke professor who failed him in wake of scandal (1/5/07 - DURHAM, NC) - In the first of a potential series of legal actions against Duke University, a former lacrosse player filed a civil lawsuit today, claiming a Duke professor failed him because of accusations by a hired dancer that she'd been sexually assaulted at a team party last March. The university apparently revised the grade upward months after student athlete Kyle Dowd graduated last spring, according to a copy of the court filings obtained by ABC News Law & Justice Unit. Dowd has not been accused...