January 18, 2019

Man Who Killed Morgan Freeman’s Relative Sentenced

A man who stabbed and killed actor Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison, authorities announced Thursday. E’Dena Hines, 33, was killed in New York City by her boyfriend, Lamar Davenport, in August 2015. He stabbed...

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January 18, 2019

Teenager accused of beating a 4-year-old to death because she spilled juice on his Xbox

Johnathan Fair, 19, and the child’s mother took the girl, Skyler Mendez, to the hospital in December, where officials were told she had a head injury from a fall. Skyler died at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago within 48 hours...

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January 18, 2019

3 Chicago Officers Acquitted of Covering Up in Laquan McDonald Killing

Three Chicago police officers were acquitted on Thursday of charges that they conspired and lied to protect a white police officer who fired 16 deadly shots into a black teenager, a contentious verdict in a case over what many viewed...

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January 17, 2019

After 24 years for murder conviction, Illinois man acquitted

After being imprisoned nearly 24 years for the shooting death of Andy Ascher, Pursley has been absolved of the 1993 crime because the ballistics used to convict him proved to be wrong. Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Joseph McGraw acquitted...

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January 17, 2019

Chicago awaits 2 historic hearings in fatal police shooting

Three Chicago police officers will learn this week whether a judge thinks they lied about the 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald to protect another white officer who shot the black teenager 16 times. That officer, meanwhile, will learn how long...

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January 16, 2019

Judge denies release of Illinois man acquitted by reason of insanity

An Urbana woman who thought she was going to die at the hands of a man who attacked her during a psychotic episode almost five years ago is greatly relieved that he won't be released into the community any time...

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January 16, 2019

Jurors in WV convict Pennsylvania doc for Illegal Opioid Distribution

A federal jury in Clarksburg, WV, determined Dr. Felix Brizuela Jr., 61, a Pennsylvania doctor, illegally distributed Distribution of oxycodone, fentanyl and oxymorphone 15 times in Morgantown, where he had a practice. Brizuela had thousands of patients, but the government...

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January 16, 2019

Former Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins, who ran away with 15-year-old student, sentenced to 20 years in prison

Federal prosecutors had asked for a 30-year term for Cummins, arguing that he took advantage of a vulnerable girl with a history of abuse and neglect. Prosecutors also say that Cummins had no plans to end his sexual relationship with...

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January 16, 2019

Sixth Circuit Hears Debate Over Inmate Vasectomies

The constitutionality of a discontinued Tennessee county policy that gave inmates a jail-time credit if they had a vasectomy was debated before a Sixth Circuit panel Tuesday. White County General Sessions Judge Sam Benningfield issued a “standing order” in May...

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January 16, 2019

Jury Trial Opens In Police Cover-Up of 2011 LA Jail Beating

LOS ANGELES (CN) – A Justice Department attorney said in opening statements of a federal grand jury trial Tuesday that a former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy intentionally covered for his fellow officers when he lied to federal investigators about...

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