Assessing the available evidence from the proper perspective – which is to say, that of a cynic who regards all government agencies to be incurably corrupt and incompetent until proven otherwise – it seems clear that if the Bonneville County criminal “justice” system had convicted the offender who actually murdered Leo and Mary Downard, Angie Dodge would probably be alive today.Read more
9/11 Suspects: Christine Todd Whitman
If the brave men and women who had rushed to the World Trade Center in the chaotic days after 9/11 to help with the search and rescue had done so knowing the risks they were facing, that would be one thing. But of course they did not. They had been given false assurances by Christine Todd Whitman, the EPA administrator who assured the public just days into the clean up that the air was safe to breathe.Read more
The Burley sisters were raided, roughed up and verbally abused, but because they can’t name the perpetrators, they won’t get a fair day in court.Read more
A 74-year-old LaPorte County woman is accused of cultivating marijuana plants at her home after the plants were spotted by a retired Indiana State Police officer flying a small aircraft.
Mildred Layton is charged in LaPorte Circuit Court with possession of marijuana or cultivating marijuana, a level 6 felony, along with maintaining a common nuisance and visiting a common nuisance.Read more
Convicted murderer Richard Bryan Kussmaul and the three co-defendants who testified against him 22 years ago are “actually innocent,” and Kussmaul should be freed from prison, a retired state district judge ruled Friday….
At a hearing in July, Long, Shelton and Pitts all testified that they gave false testimony against Kussmaul at his trial because a prosecutor promised them probation and a deputy coerced their confessions by threatening them with the death penalty….
Allen wrote in his four-page opinion that newly discovered DNA evidence that was not available at the time “constitutes clear and convincing evidence that no reasonable juror would have found (the defendants) guilty…”
“That is very good. I think that is the correct ruling,” [David Sheppard, an Austin attorney who represents Kussmaul] said. “The evidence just seemed overwhelming, with the DNA evidence having excluded these men from any contact whatsoever with these people.”Read more
A few weeks ago, our client Davontae Sanford was exonerated after spending nearly nine years behind bars for a quadruple murder that he did not commit. Davontae was 14 when he was arrested; he is now 23.
We are thrilled that Davontae is finally free, but we cannot help be angry that Davontae was convicted and that it took eight years to free him after the real perpetrators were identified.
[For some reason, this article fails to mention that Detroit police deputy chief James Tolbert admitted he perjured himself when testifying about evidence that he fabricated.]Read more
Scientists and researchers have repeatedly found, with overwhelming consensus, that U.N. peacekeepers introduced [Cholera] to Haiti for the first time ever recorded by knowingly allowing their infected feces to slough into the Meille River, which locals used for drinking, bathing and washing – in violation of the UN’s own protocols and the most basic tenets of public health.
Yet for six years, as thousands – if not tens of thousands – of Haitians died painful, degrading deaths of dehydration from severe vomiting and diarrhea, the world’s most important international humanitarian organization destroyed evidence, dissembled and, when all else failed, stonewalled. Ban even promoted the head of the peacekeeping mission in Haiti at the time of the outbreak and initial cover-up to become his own personal chief of staff….
But on Thursday, shortly after the U.N. acknowledged its role in the outbreak to me for the first time, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a lower-court ruling that said the U.N. is immune from any kind of lawsuit under an international convention – even if it ignores other parts of that same convention saying it then has to provide some other way to resolve disputes, as it refused to do in this case….
In that light, it was also a victory for one of the less-publicized players in this case: the United States government. Because the U.N. has refused to accept the legitimacy of the federal case, Justice Department lawyers have defended the organization instead in court. Judge José A. Cabranes cited the Obama administration’s U.N.-friendly interpretation of the immunities convention as a significant factor in the three-judge panel’s decision. Lawyers for the plaintiffs are still deciding whether to appeal to the Supreme Court.Read more
Jim Hood is abusing a rule intended to ensure death penalty appeals are handled by competent attorneys to attack qualified, well-regarded lawyers.Read more
Lee Robertson’s trouble began in late 2009, when he was undergoing his first stint of chemotherapy to battle the pancreatic cancer that had made it impossible for him to work. In the course of two weeks, Robertson wrote 11 checks at stores near his home for small amounts ranging from $5 to $41.
Robertson started off owing a few stores about $200. Six years and seven arrests later, in a closed courtroom in Sherwood District Court in Arkansas, Judge Milas “Butch” Hale sentenced the cancer patient to 90 days in jail. His crime? Owing the court $3,054.51….
He’s not alone. Nikki Petree, 40, was charged for bouncing a single check for $28.93… She has been arrested in connection with that charge on at least seven occasions, and been jailed for more than 25 days. She’s paid at least $640 to the city.Read more
What’s the most common age of sex-offenders?
It’s not a trick question, but unless you follow this stuff closely you’ll almost certainly answer wrong.
In fact, most people are shocked to learn that the most common age of people charged with a sex offense isn’t a creepy 39, or 51.
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