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4 hrs ago | Detroit News

Tennessee man arrested in 2008 Michigan rape case

A 57-year-old Memphis, Tennessee, man has been charged in connection with the rape of a woman in western Michigan at knifepoint six years ago. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting announced Monday that Calvin Kelly is charged with kidnapping, three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of attempted criminal sexual conduct.


Related Topix: Kalamazoo County, MI, Law, Kalamazoo, MI

8 hrs ago | Greenwich Citizen

Police: Protocol followed in detention of actress

Actress Daniele Watts and Brian Lucas speak during an interview with KABC-TV in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.


Related Topix: Los Angeles, CA, Law

11 hrs ago | Daily Herald

Chicago teen charged as adult in sexual assault

A 17-year-old boy who sexually assaulted a pregnant college student and locked her in the trunk of a car has been charged as an adult with aggravated criminal sexual assault, a state's attorney said. The teenager was ordered held without bond Sunday after police arrested him Friday.


Related Topix: Law, Chicago State University

15 hrs ago |

Eight rescued in 'slavery' probe

Police rescued eight people from "cramped and filthy" conditions at a caravan site following an investigation into them potentially being held as slaves and subjected to work exploitation. The seven men, aged between 20 and 46, and a 17-year-old boy were freed from the Greenacres site near Leighton Buzzard early yesterday morning, Bedfordshire Police said.


Related Topix: Law

17 hrs ago | Battle Creek Enquirer

Pot smell on kindergartner leads police to fatherPot smell on...

Pot smell on kindergartner leads police to father An Upper Peninsula man is asking a federal judge to suppress evidence of more than 200 marijuana plants. Check out this story on KINGSFORD - An Upper Peninsula man is asking a federal judge to suppress evidence of more than 200 marijuana plants, which were seized after his kindergarten-age daughter came to school with the smell of marijuana on her clothes and told her teacher about her father's homegrown pot.


Related Topix: Marijuana, Law, Michigan

21 hrs ago | WFLX-TV West Palm Beach

Tapes in missing NY boy case expected in court

A Manhattan judge must decide whether to allow the videotaped confession of a man charged with murder in the death of a 1979 missing boy. A lawyer for Pedro Hernandez says his confession was wrongly obtained.


Related Topix: Law

Sun Sep 14, 2014


Sex abuse probe of ex-coach in NE Ohio widens

Authorities in Ashtabula County say their investigation into alleged sexual abuse by a former high school coach has widened. The Vindicator reports county sheriff's detectives and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation have questioned more than 100 people about the activities going back 15 years of former Jefferson Area Schools coach and ex-local sports editor Don McCormack .


Related Topix: Ashtabula County, OH, Law

Call to tackle prison rape

An independent commission on sex in prison discovered the rate of sex crimes in prisons in England and Wales is broadly similar to the United States Hundreds of prisoners may have been sexually abused behind bars, campaigners have said, prompting calls for more to be done to tackle prison rape. An independent commission on sex in prison, set up by charity t he Howard League for Penal Reform, discovered the rate of sex crimes in prisons in England and Wales is broadly similar to the United States.


Related Topix: Prison, Law

Daily Journal

Public housing safety policy can hit whole family

Wanda Coleman sits in the New York City public housing apartment where she's lived for 25 years, surrounded by empty rooms, bare walls and suitcases lined up by the front door. Any day now, she and her teen daughter will be evicted and have no other option than to go to a homeless shelter - partly because of her son's criminal case.


Related Topix: Law, Drugs

WANE-TV Fort Wayne

FILE: Marijuana plant

An Upper Peninsula man is asking a judge to suppress evidence of more than 200 marijuana plants, which were seized after his daughter told her kindergarten teacher about homegrown pot. Federal Magistrate Judge Timothy Greeley says there was probable cause to search Randall Fieck's home last January.


Related Topix: Marijuana, Law


Court to take up juvenile sentencing problem

Connecticut's Supreme Court has decided to take up three cases that could decide how the state handles the convictions of children who commit murder and other violent crimes. The court will hear appeals Tuesday from three people who were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for crimes they committed while under the age of 18. The hearings come after two U.S. Supreme Court decisions that essentially prohibit mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles in homicide cases, and require states to provide inmates with a "meaningful opportunity" for release in non-homicide cases.


Related Topix: Violent Crime, US News, US Supreme Court, Law

WXOW-TV La Crosse

Man pleads guilty to drugging, molesting girl, 10

A Minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to drugging the soda of three girls at his daughter's sleepover and then molesting a 10-year-old girl. Ezra Taylor was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13, and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.


Related Topix: Law, Hennepin County, MN

Sat Sep 13, 2014


trooper killed presser

Two Pennsylvania State Police troopers shot late Friday, one fatally, were ambushed just outside the police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pike County Commissioner Frank Noonan told reporters. Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass was in stable but critical condition, Noonan said Saturday.


Related Topix: Pike County, PA, Trooper, PA, Law, US Governors, Tom Corbett

Victims' rights reform unveiled

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said the reform package would ensure the 'highest emphasis' is put on those who suffer at the hands of criminals The right of victims of crime to directly confront the offenders who damaged their lives in court is to be enshrined in law, the Government said. Publicly-funded lawyers are also to be barred from taking on serious sex offence cases unless they have undergone specialist training.


Related Topix: Law, Sex Scandal


Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate

FILE - In this June 18, 2014 file photo, actress Jessica Alba is seen, in New York. . FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2014 file photo, Senate Environment and Public Works Chair Sen. .


Related Topix: Environmental Law, Law, Pennsylvania, US Politics, US News, Senator Tom Udall, Tom Udall, US Senate, US House of Representatives, Democrat

Albany Times Union

Prosecutors target credit card thieves overseas

Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell speaks at the Justice Department's Health Care Fraud Training Conference at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives headquarters in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.


Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Prison, US News, ATF

The Honolulu Advertiser

Teen charged with murder, rape in girl's death

PORT ORCHARD, Wash.>> The teenager accused of sexually assaulting and killing a 6-year-old neighbor girl in Washington state was charged as an adult Friday with aggravated murder and aggravated rape. Gabriel Gaeta, 17, would face life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of the murder charge in Kitsap County Superior Court.


Related Topix: Port Orchard, WA, Death Penalty, Law, Kitsap County, WA

Monterey County Herald

$2M bail for suspect in gas station killing

A man accused of killing his former boyfriend and business partner at a suburban Minneapolis gas station abandoned a suitcase that contained ammunition consistent with the bullets used in the slaying, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Friday. The complaint was unsealed as Lyle "Ty" Hoffman made his first court appearance since his arrest Thursday, after a month on the run.


Related Topix: Violent Crime, Law

Fri Sep 12, 2014

WXOW-TV La Crosse

Fla. appeals rulings overturning gay-marriage ban

An Arizona man whose longtime partner recently died went to court on Friday to ask a federal judge to grant him death benefits. In a ruling that calls into question Arizona's gay marriage ban, a judge handed a victory Friday to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because the state prohibits same-sex... The five children who police say were slain by their father will be remembered at a memorial in Mississippi on Friday, while 500 miles away, their father will make his first court appearance.


Related Topix: Gay/Lesbian, Law

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Suspect in VA hospital shooting pleads guilty

An Ohio man pleaded guilty Friday to assault with a dangerous weapon in a Veterans Affairs hospital shooting that wounded an employee. Former Veterans Affairs employee Neil Moore pleaded guilty as part of a deal in which federal prosecutors agreed to drop a second charge.


Related Topix: Violent Crime, Life, Veteran Affairs, Law, Dayton, VA