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2 hrs ago |

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

5 hrs ago | 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

9 hrs ago | 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

13 hrs ago | SFGate

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

17 hrs ago | 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

Cybercast News Service

Woman convicted in school abduction, assault

A former day care worker was convicted Friday of abducting a 5-year-old girl from her school classroom and sexually assaulting her during a 19-hour ordeal. Christina Regusters, 21, donned a Muslim dress and veil to impersonate the girl's mother and take her from Bryant Elementary School in January 2013, then posed as three different people to trick the blindfolded child.


Related Topix: Law

The Washington Post

Groom accused of touching off brawl pleads guilty

A groom who allegedly touched off a brawl when he groped a pregnant waitress at his wedding reception has pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Also, all charges have been dropped against his brother, a state trooper who had been accused of assaulting police who intervened.


Related Topix: Wedding, Law, Travel

CBS Atlanta

Justice Dept. seeks new tool against data fraud

President Barack Obama is welcoming former President Bill Clinton to the White House to mark the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program. President Barack Obama is welcoming former President Bill Clinton to the White House to mark the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program.


Related Topix: Prison, Ohio, Law, Brian Sandoval, US Governors

Thu Sep 11, 2014

San Jose Mercury News

Pleasanton: Renowned youth golf instructor admits to child molestations, murder solicitations

A nationally renowned youth golf instructor on Thursday admitted to molesting underage students and then trying to hire a hit man to silence his victims after his arrest. Andrew Nisbet, 32, of Livermore, pleaded guilty in a Pleasanton courtroom to seven felonies, including three counts of murder solicitation, and one count each of possession of child pornography, forced oral copulation, lewd and lascivious acts on a child under age 14, and lewd and lascivious acts on a child age 14 or 15, said Alameda County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Teresa Drenick.


Related Topix: Pleasanton, CA, Livermore, CA, Alameda County, CA, Law

Agency: Woman pushed officer who then punched her

A California Highway Patrol officer videotaped repeatedly punching a woman on the side of a Los Angeles freeway had just pulled her from oncoming traffic and she resisted by pushing him, a patrol investigator said. Investigator Sean Taketa outlined the July 1 incident in a request to search 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock 's medical records.


Related Topix: Law

WTAE-TV Pittsburgh

New Ferguson shooting video a 'game changer'?

It's a view of the Michael Brown shooting we hadn't seen before, but could it be enough to shape the way a grand jury handles the controversial case? An exclusive video first broadcast Wednesday on CNN shows two construction workers' reactions just after a police officer shot the unarmed African-American 18-year-old last month in Ferguson, Missouri. The contractors shown in the short video clip told CNN they saw Brown with his hands up as Officer Darren Wilson pursued him and opened fire.


Related Topix: Ferguson, MO, Law

My FOX Chicago

Illinois lawmakers push plan for police cameras

Two Illinois lawmakers on Thursday pushed for a hike in traffic and other fines to raise money for police body cameras and dashboard cameras in the wake of the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri. State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, a Peoria Democrat, introduced a bill allowing police departments to apply for grants to purchase either body cameras or video recording equipment for squad cars.


Related Topix: Illinois, Law