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  • Teen Sentenced To Probation For Deadly DWI Crash

    12/11/2013 12:43:33 PM PST · by kobald · 38 replies
    CBS-DFW ^ | December 10, 2013 | CBS-DFW
    Prosecutors were pushing for 16-year-old Ethan Couch to spend 20 years in prison. However, State District Judge Jean Boyd sentenced Couch to a decade of probation. There was no debate about who was behind the wheel last June, when Couch plowed into and killed four people. Couch has admitted to being the driver, and court records show his blood alcohol level was .24 at the time of the crash, three times the legal limit for an adult. Prosecutors also presented evidence that Couch and some friends stole beer from a Burleson Walmart on June 15, the night of the crash....
  • What could possibly go wrong?!? NY Mayor-Elect De Blasio Gets Policing Advice — from Ex-Cons

    11/22/2013 12:44:31 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 21, 2013 | Frank Rosario and Natalie O'Neill
    De Blasio gets policing advice — from ex-cons Forget Ray Kelly, Bill de Blasio is getting his policing advice from the real experts — hardened criminals. A group of 50 ex-cons, junkies and chronic vagrants gathered at a Manhattan “Think Tank” Thursday to describe what they thought the NYPD should be doing to make their lives easier. The felonious forum outlined a clear “get-soft-on-crime” vision. “I like the idea of ending stop and frisk. That was the first thing that was totally there for me,” opined Mikell Green-Grand, a 49-year-old former jailbird who has convictions for grand larceny and identity...
  • (It's a Good Life ...) Mass Killer's Norwegian Prison Cell Has Treadmill, Computer Access

    08/22/2012 3:10:56 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 22, 2012 |
    Mass killer's Norwegian prison cell has treadmill, computer access Accused mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik's Norwegian prison cell is more spacious than most New York City apartments. The confessed killer, who will receive his sentence Friday for killing 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage at a youth camp, was transported Wednesday to Norway's Ila Prison, just outside Oslo. The high-security prison offers Breivik not one, but three 86-square-foot cells. One cell functions as a bedroom, another as an exercise room, complete with treadmill, and the third is a study, where Breivik can use a laptop computer. Officials at...
  • Welcome To The World's Nicest Prison (Summer-Camp-Like Island Prison in Southern Norway)

    05/25/2012 9:07:16 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    ABC 7 News Denver ^ | May 24, 2012 | John D. Sutter CNN
    Welcome To The World's Nicest Prison BASTOY, Norway (CNN) -- Jan Petter Vala, who is serving a prison sentence for murder, has hands the size of dinner plates and shoulders like those of an ox. In an alcoholic rage, he used his brutish strength to strangle his girlfriend to death a few years ago. On a recent Thursday, however, at this summer-camp-like island prison in southern Norway, where convicts hold keys to their rooms and there are no armed guards or fences, Vala used those same enormous hands to help bring life into the world. The 42-year-old murderer stood watch...
  • Dead suspect was ex-con whose recent prison stint was for double shooting (MN Cop Killer)

    05/02/2010 3:44:31 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 55 replies · 1,690+ views ^ | 5/2/10 | ABBY SIMONS, DAVID SHAFFER, PAUL WALSH and TIM HARLOW
    Saint Paul police officer David Longbehn stood alone on a shady street near Lake Phalen on Saturday morning, one of hundreds on high alert during a tense hunt for two ex-cons who three hours before had gunned down a Maplewood officer in cold blood. When a young man emerged from the woods behind him carrying a metal toolbox, Longbehn approached to question him. Suddenly, the man attacked Longbehn and the two grappled on the ground. The attacker straddled the officer and hit him over and over again, breaking his nose and possibly the bones around both eyes. Finally able to...
  • Another Dem in Congress implodes

    02/15/2010 4:02:00 AM PST · by Scanian · 32 replies · 1,392+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 14, 2010 | Rosslyn Smith
    Saturday's Boston Globe reported that Congressman William Delahunt may not run for reelection. "US Representative William Delahunt said yesterday that he is considering retiring from his congressional seat representing the South Shore and Cape Cod, although he portrayed his deliberations as routine and said they are not related to challenges from Republicans who are energized by Scott Brown's upset victory in last month's special Senate election. 'Every election cycle, I take my time, I think it through, and I think, not about whether I can win or lose, but: ‘Am I in a position to make a difference?' Delahunt, a...
  • Slain Female Police Officer Was Tea Party Activist (Washington State)

    11/30/2009 8:50:13 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 65 replies · 3,065+ views
    Lakewood Police Independent Guild ^ | 11/30/2009 | Brian D. Wurts
    ...Tina was our conservative friend. She was excited to be a part of the Olympia Tea Parties and proudly stated why she got involved in politics over the past year. Tina was sharp too, only a couple mornings ago we had a great discussion on the future of our Republic and how we felt true limited government conservatives should take back out political party. If you wanted any details over the massive government spending she would have them for you. If anyone thinks these comments are off color then you did not know Tina well. She would tell you where...
  • Freed Mass. Killer Charged In Double Murder

    11/22/2007 2:02:16 AM PST · by csvset · 39 replies · 746+ views
    The Boston Channel ^ | November 21, 2007 | Staff
    Freed Mass. Killer Charged In Double Murder Police: Killer 'Insulted' Over $50 Debt POSTED: 10:08 am EST November 21, 2007 UPDATED: 10:30 am EST November 21, 2007 TACOMA, Wash. -- A convicted Massachusetts killer now accused of slaying a neighbor couple told police he shot them after the man insulted him when he tried to collect a $50 debt, according to court documents. Daniel Thomas Tavares Jr., 41, was charged Tuesday with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder, a charge that carries a penalty of death or life in prison without parole. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held...
  • Sentence could be a bit rough

    08/29/2007 11:05:52 AM PDT · by JZelle · 17 replies · 740+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 8-29-07 | Tom Knott
    A Boston judge sentences a man to probation and home confinement after his admission that he abducted and sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy. A Nebraska judge sentences a convicted sex offender to probation and electronic monitoring because she fears for the mentally impaired man"s safety in prison. A Vermont judge sentences a child molester to 60 days in jail in order to facilitate his prompt treatment. Justice is hardly blind, if only because it is meted out by the colossal imperfection known as the human. And judges are as human as the person who comes to your home to fix...
  • Authorities missed chance for deportation (rampaging aliens kill Americans with impunity)

    08/16/2007 3:50:57 AM PDT · by Liz · 37 replies · 1,424+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | Thursday, August 16, 2007 | STEVE MAYES The Oregonian Staff
    DUI plea - A murder suspect disclosed his illegal status in court last year, but officials never acted Authorities had clear reason to suspect Alejandro Emeterio Rivera Gamboa was in the United States illegally nine months before he was accused of slaying 15-year-old Dani Countryman. On Nov. 13, 2006, Rivera Gamboa pleaded guilty to two counts of drunken driving. He also disclosed that he was not a U.S. citizen and signed a plea agreement that read, in part: "I understand that if I am not a citizen of the United States, a criminal conviction could cause me to be deported,...
  • No hugs for thug

    08/12/2007 4:50:27 AM PDT · by Clive · 11 replies · 797+ views
    Calgary Sun ^ | 2007-08-12 | Ian Robinson
    No hugs for thugs What police did this week downtown was more than public relationsBy IAN ROBINSONThe great New York City journalist Jimmy Breslin was assigned to cover the funeral of President John F. Kennedy. While every other reporter was following the funeral procession and getting the identical story, Breslin was at Arlington National Cemetery ... interviewing the Irish-American gravedigger who'd dug Kennedy's grave. In that great newspaper columnist tradition of finding the angle that wouldn't occur to anybody else, my colleague Rick Bell went out with the cops on Operation Riverwalk, the much-ballyhooed response of the Calgary Police Force...
  • California Man Gets Only Probation for Molesting 8 Year Old Girl

    08/10/2007 10:33:21 PM PDT · by nckerr · 46 replies · 1,238+ views
    The Salinas Californian ^ | SUNITA VIJAYAN
    A Monterey County Superior Court judge Thursday sentenced former youth sports coach David Martin to five years of felony probation for molesting an 8-year-old girl. “If you violate your probation at all … you’re on your way to prison for eight years,” Judge Richard Curtis told Martin as half a dozen people listened closely from the audience.Martin, 43, a longtime Pop Warner football and Atlantic Little League coach in Salinas, was arrested Aug. 18, 2006, after the girl’s parents told police he had inappropriately touched her seven to nine times beginning in late May of that year. On Feb. 15,...
  • Romney Rips Rudy On Immigration

    08/09/2007 2:40:03 PM PDT · by CheyennePress · 60 replies · 1,439+ views
    CBS News ^ | August 9, 2007
    (CBS/AP) In a surprisingly strong attack, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Republican rival Rudy Giuliani had turned New York City into a sanctuary for illegal immigrants during his two terms as mayor. Immigration is a hot-button issue in the GOP and may play especially well in Iowa, an early battleground state where the federal government has raided meat processing plants employing illegals, and where some longtime residents feel their pay is being undercut by cheaper-working immigrants. "If you look at lists compiled on Web sites of sanctuary cities, New York is at the top of the list when Mayor...
  • Christian court watchers keep tabs on judges

    07/19/2007 2:03:08 PM PDT · by Rodney King · 32 replies · 504+ views
    PMSNBC ^ | today | staff
    MANCHESTER, Ky. - John Becknell enters the courtroom and finds his usual spot in the front row, just behind the prosecutor’s table. Becknell — a devout Christian known to many as “Brother John” — pulls out a pen and an inch-thick docket, mostly of drug and alcohol cases. For the next three hours, he takes diligent notes on the judge’s actions, the attendance of police officers, repeat offenders making another appearance, and so on. The purpose? To make sure drug offenders in eastern Kentucky are getting what they deserve. Excerpted..
  • New Jersey to consider abolishing death penalty

    05/09/2007 11:29:02 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies · 462+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue May 8, 2007 | Jon Hurdle
    New Jersey to consider abolishing death penalty Tue May 8, 2007 2:43PM EDT By Jon Hurdle PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - New Jersey lawmakers will consider abolishing the death penalty this week, starting a process that could see the liberal state become the first to scrap capital punishment since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated it in 1976. On Thursday, the judiciary committee of the state Senate will consider two bills calling for New Jersey to replace execution with life imprisonment without parole. Capital punishment in the state is already suspended under a moratorium passed by legislators in late 2005. Sen. Ray Lesniak,...
  • Charges dropped in Mich. cell phone case

    09/06/2006 4:40:52 AM PDT · by FreedomPoster · 38 replies · 1,195+ views
    AP / Yahoo! News ^ | Tue Sep 5, 9:07 PM ET | DAVID N. GOODMAN
    DETROIT - A federal judge threw out conspiracy and money laundering charges Tuesday against three Texas men once accused of plotting a terror attack on Michigan's iconic Mackinac Bridge. U.S. District Court Magistrate Charles Binder in Bay City ruled that federal prosecutors failed to present enough evidence to justify bringing them to trial on charges involving the buying and resale of prepaid cell phones. They were cleared earlier of the terror charges. Defense lawyers claimed the men — Louai Othman, 23, his brother Adham Othman, 21, and their cousin Maruan Muhareb, 18, all of Mesquite, Texas — were targeted because...
  • The governor's race: Angelides throws his support behind tough sex-offender initiative

    07/18/2006 7:49:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 252+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/18/6 | Mark Martin and Carla Marinucci
    CAMPAIGN 2006: Democrat had been criticized for not backing measure - State Treasurer Phil Angelides, the Democratic candidate for governor, announced Monday he would back a November ballot initiative aimed at toughening penalties for sex offenders, after suffering weeks of attacks from Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that he was wishy-washy on crime. Schwarzenegger long ago supported the initiative, dubbed Jessica's Law in memory of a murdered Florida girl, and his campaign has dogged Angelides for remaining silent on a measure that has been criticized by some Democratic lawmakers but so far appears to be extremely popular with voters. At a...
  • Editorial: Gun registry's end puts safety at risk (BARF ALERT!!!)

    05/18/2006 7:45:16 AM PDT · by Heartofsong83 · 16 replies · 591+ views
    Editorial: Gun registry's end puts safety at risk May 18, 2006. 01:00 AM For a Prime Minister who bills himself as being tough on crime, Stephen Harper's decision effectively to scrap the federal long-gun registry is most baffling. Why? Because the registry is used 5,000 times a day by police, who love it, and because it is one of the most valuable tools law enforcement agencies have to keep our communities safe. So why is Harper, the "law-and-order Prime Minister," opposed to registering rifles and other potentially deadly long guns? Don't look for an answer from Winnipeg Police Chief Jack...
  • 'Let burglars off with caution', police told

    04/04/2006 4:00:26 PM PDT · by Sometimes A River · 39 replies · 1,219+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 3rd April 2006
    Burglars will be allowed to escape without punishment under new instructions sent to all police forces. Police have been told they can let them off the threat of a court appearance and instead allow them to go with a caution. The same leniency will be shown to criminals responsible for more than 60 other different offences, ranging from arson through vandalism to sex with underage girls. New rules sent to police chiefs by the Home Office set out how seriously various crimes should be regarded, and when offenders who admit to them should be sent home with a caution. Some...
  • Identity Thieves Rob Family of More Than Money

    02/16/2006 1:42:48 PM PST · by steve-b · 10 replies · 783+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/16/06 | Marc Fisher
    Diane Benson's dad kept saying that the mail wasn't coming, but he was in his eighties and in declining health. Howard Leiner was even slurring his words, which he'd never done before, so maybe he was wrong about the mail.... Then last spring, when Benson was visiting her parents, the woman who was substituting for their usual caretakers pointed her to Howard Leiner's Hecht's bill, which included items bought at Wheaton Plaza. Benson knew her parents didn't shop there. Next, the bank called to say someone had tried to open a credit card account with Howard's Social Security number. Benson's...
  • Dan Walters: Democrats again handing Republicans soft-on-crime ammo

    01/16/2006 12:09:43 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 418+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/16/6 | Dan Walters
    California has undergone dramatic evolution over the last generation. Demographically, culturally, economically, numerically and politically, California is a substantially different place than it was in the 1970s and 1980s. In one respect, however, there has been very little change - the fixation in the media and general public on crime as a scourge, and, inferentially, as a hot button political issue that could once again singe Democratic politicians. During the 1970s, 1980s and into the 1990s, Republicans feasted on Californians' fear of crime, repeatedly portraying Democrats as being more sympathetic to criminals than to victims. Republican Attorney General George Deukmejian...
  • Thurles (Ireland) man's night patrol to stymie criminals

    12/12/2005 8:39:58 PM PST · by Murtyo · 8 replies · 315+ views
    Tipperary Star (Thurles, Co Tipperary, Ireland) ^ | 02 December 2005 |
    A Thurles man who suffered the wrath of unwanted night time visitors recently has taken to mounting a surveillance of his locality in a bid to catch the perpetrators of crime - the scene of which he feels certain they will return to. The man who does not wish to be identified is now patrolling the area at night time in the hope that the thieves return - they got away empty handed on the night, but may get more than they bargained for if they return. He awoke to find two thieves climbing through the window of his house...
  • Some Thoughts about getting Tough...

    04/05/2005 12:48:09 PM PDT · by terrydashner · 105+ views
    April 5, 2005 | Terry Dashner
    Some Thoughts about getting Tough… Terry Dashner…………………………Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013 I spent the decade of the 1990s in law enforcement. I was a police officer in Tulsa, OK until 2003 when I retired. As a police officer, I spent the 1990s learning the pros and cons of Community Policing. The term defines policing by proactive means, getting to the root cause of the crime problem and solving it by enlisting the help of all community resources—neighborhoods, schools, community service agencies, churches, politicians, and media. Policing is still undergoing transformation from reactive policing—running from call...
  • RAF Veteran Is Found Hanged After Burglars Ruined His World

    03/10/2005 9:50:51 AM PST · by quidnunc · 97 replies · 2,653+ views
    The Times [UK] ^ | March 10, 2005 | Simon de Bruxelles
    Despairing elderly victim killed himself after being raided by thieves for the third time A frail RAF veteran was driven to suicide after his home was burgled for the third time. Herbert Buckland, 84, was afraid to leave his house or even open his front door after being robbed by doorstep conmen twice last year. When he came face-to-face with burglars for the third time, Mr Buckland apparently decided that enough was enough. He told relatives that the world was no longer a place he wanted to live in. Three days later he was found hanged in the bungalow that...
  • CA: Easing up on killers (The Pardonator)

    10/17/2004 9:44:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 530+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 10/17/04 | David M. Drucker
    SACRAMENTO -- Reversing Gov. Gray Davis' near zero-tolerance policy against paroling convicted murderers, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proven to be 50 times more likely to give second chances to killers. Democrat Davis, in his five years in office, blocked all but six parole recommendations for killers and kidnappers, with two of the recommendations involving the same inmate. Republican Schwarzenegger, in office less than 12 months, has approved 60 parole recommendations from the state Board of Prison Terms for convicts guilty of the most serious crimes. That makes him, on average, 50 times more lenient than Davis. But Schwarzenegger aides dispute...
  • Murder defendant was on probation (gotta see pic of perp)

    04/27/2004 9:20:45 AM PDT · by Phantom Lord · 31 replies · 293+ views
    Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin ^ | 04/27/04 | Nancy Dooling
    <p>BINGHAMTON -- Richard V. Lawrence broke a board against his former girlfriend's head and kicked her in the face in a Sept. 19 attack at her Clinton Street apartment.</p> <p>For that crime, he was given five years of probation on Feb. 4 in Broome County Court. He was originally charged with first-degree burglary, but it was reduced to attempted second-degree burglary as part of a plea bargain with the district attorney's office.</p>
  • Court overturns Sep 11 verdict

    03/04/2004 3:07:47 AM PST · by Piefloater · 1 replies · 139+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 04, 2004
    GERMANY'S federal appeals court has overturned the conviction of Mounir El Motassadeq, the only man found guilty anywhere in the world over the September 11 attacks, and ordered a new trial. The Moroccan student had been jailed for the maximum 15 years by a court in Hamburg, northern Germany, last year for accessory to the murder of more than 3000 people and membership in a terrorist organisation. It means Motassadeq will now have to undergo a new trial, also in Hamburg, the city that served as a base for three of the suicide hijackers involved in the deadly 2001 suicide...
  • Nobel Nominee Doesn't Belong in Gas Chamber (Soft On Crime Liberal Alert)

    09/19/2002 7:21:11 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies · 168+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/19/02 | Lewis Yablonsky
    But in a unique move, the court suggested that Gov. Gray Davis consider commuting the sentence because of Williams' "laudable" anti-gang efforts while in prison, which led to his being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.
  • Inmates freed early commit new crimes

    04/07/2002 11:47:54 AM PDT · by jimkress · 17 replies · 368+ views
    Detroit News ^ | 4/7/02 | Norman Sinclair, and Ronald J. Hansen
    <p>DETROIT -- A program to ease overcrowding at the Wayne County Jail has set free tens of thousands of accused felons with little or no supervision -- leading to even more new crimes including murder, rape, carjacking and assault.</p> <p>The jail, under Wayne Circuit Court orders since 1971 not to exceed its 1,885-bed capacity, has set free more than 60,000 people in the past seven years alone with only their promise to show up for trial. With no bail money to lose or court supervisors looking over their shoulders, nearly half vanished.</p>