Death penalty lawyer Clarke 'humanizes' client and jury
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:11:09 -0400
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - When death penalty expert Judy Clarke joined the defense team for the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, she spent months trying to establish a rapport so she could convince him to accept a plea deal that would spare him capital punishment. Though she and his other lawyers angered Kaczynski when they sought to introduce evidence of his mental illness, he eventually pleaded guilty in 1998 and received a life sentence. ...
Accused Colorado gunman's lawyers may enter insanity plea over his objections
Wed, 01 May 2013 01:23:20 -0400
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes are questioning the constitutionality of the state's insanity defense law, court records released on Tuesday show, and raising the possibility that they may enter an insanity plea over his objections. Public defenders for Holmes, 25, said in a filing that there is "significant uncertainty and confusion" in Colorado law surrounding an insanity defense in the context of a case where prosecutors are seeking capital punishment. ...
Arizona lawmakers pass bill making silver, gold legal tender
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:19:25 -0400
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The Arizona Senate on Tuesday approved a measure to make gold and silver legal currency in the state, in a response to what backers said was a lack of confidence in the international monetary system. The legislation cleared the Republican-controlled Senate by an 18-10 vote after being approved by the state House earlier this month. It now goes to Republican Governor Jan Brewer, who has not indicated if she will sign it into law or veto it. ...
Green Beret who vanished in Vietnam War still alive?
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:48:28 -0400
"Unclaimed," a new documentary premiering at Toronto's Hot Docs film festival on Tuesday night, tells the story of Special Forces Green Beret Master Sgt. John Hartley Robertson, who was shot down over Laos in 1968 and was long presumed dead. The documentary actually follows fellow Vietnam vet Tom Faunce, who heard about Robertson's whereabouts while [...]
Boston Marathon bombing survivor: Tom Brady has nothing on ER doctors
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:43:30 -0400
Fifteen days ago, Jarrod Clowery was standing with three friends on Boylston Street in front of the Forum Bar watching the Boston Marathon. Today, Clowery, a 35-year-old carpenter from nearby Stoneham, is in Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, recovering from shrapnel wounds and thermal injuries suffered near the second explosion. He's had multiple surgeries to [...]
Zimmerman says no to ‘stand your ground’; case going straight to trial
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:20:58 -0400
George Zimmerman has waived his right to a pretrial hearing over whether he should be acquitted of murder charges under Florida's "stand your ground" law. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who's charged with second-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, said Tuesday in court that he did not want the preliminary hearing, the [...]
World leaders love Twitter
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:18:35 -0400
It’s not just celebrities who love Twitter: South American leaders, it turns out, heart to tweet. Some may even have gone overboard and may have over shared. A Reuters story reports that when some 1 million protesters hit the streets to criticize the government of Argentina President Cristina Fernandez, she responded by posting 61 tweets [...]
Anti-abortion movement seeks new laws with Gosnell trial
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:10:34 -0400
Anti-abortion activists are harnessing the outrage generated over the trial of a Philadelphia abortion doctor to pressure lawmakers to pass more restrictive abortion laws. The activists say the trial of 72-year-old Kermit Gosnell, which concludes Monday as attorneys on both sides make their closing arguments, shows that late-term abortions are inhumane and unsafe and should [...]
NH's Ayotte defends gun control vote
Wed, 01 May 2013 02:35:49 -0400
WARREN, N.H. (AP) — A woman whose mother was killed in last year's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., confronted Sen. Kelly Ayotte Tuesday during the senator's first public appearance in New Hampshire since voting against gun control legislation.
2nd body found after S. Calif. midair collision
Wed, 01 May 2013 02:18:45 -0400
CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — A second body was found Tuesday at a rugged site in the Santa Monica Mountains where a small plane crashed and burned after a midair collision with another small plane that managed to make a belly landing on a golf course, authorities said.