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  • From Convicted Murderer to Exoneree to Law Grad

    06/05/2019 3:43:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | June 5, 2019 | Michelle Malkin
    What would you do if you were falsely accused and convicted of a brutal rape and murder you didn't commit? How would you handle a violent maximum-security prison, sentenced 16 years to life, at age 17? And where would you go, what would you choose to do, if you won your freedom back after full exoneration? Jeffrey Deskovic, 45, graduated from Pace University School of Law three weeks ago to rousing cheers from friends, family and faculty. On its own, the achievement warrants celebration. Any graduation does. But Deskovic's feat is just one of an extraordinary set of milestones in...
  • Ginsburg sides with conservative justices in ruling over prison sentence

    06/03/2019 4:19:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/03/19 | JACQUELINE THOMSEN
    The Supreme Court on Monday found that a criminal defendant can be sentenced for violating his supervised release, even if the release expires while he is incarcerated ahead of facing new charges. The justices, divided in the 5-4 decision, ruled against Jason Mont's argument that a district court shouldn't be able to charge him for violating his release because the term had expired at the time of the new sentencing. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sided with conservative Justices Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh in the majority. Justice Neil Gorsuch joined liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer...
  • Hazleton man calls child sex assaults ‘mistake,’ gets prison

    05/23/2019 9:15:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader ^ | May 23, 2019 | Ed Lewis
    WILKES-BARRE — As soon as Hector Berberena-Soto explained it was a “mistake” he sexually assaulted two girls, a stern Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough directed him to stop talking. Berberena-Soto was sentenced Thursday to spend between four years, six months and 14 years in state prison. “See it was a mistake,” Berberena-Soto said before he was shut down by Vough. “It was a mistake sexually assaulting two girls? Stop!” Vough said before handing down the lengthy prison sentence. Hazleton police arrested Berberena-Soto in August 2017 after investigating claims he had sexually assaulted the girls for six years. The youths...
  • Harris knocks Biden on crime bill: 'It did contribute to mass incarceration in our country'

    05/19/2019 4:04:28 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/16/19 | TAL AXELROD
    Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) knocked Joe Biden on Wednesday after the former vice president said the 1994 crime bill he helped write did not lead to mass incarceration. "I have a great deal of respect for Vice President Joe Biden, but I disagree with him," Harris, a former prosecutor, told reporters in New Hampshire. "That crime bill, that 1994 crime bill, it did contribute to mass incarceration in our country. It encouraged and was the first time that we had a federal three-strikes law. It funded the building of more prisons in the states. So, I disagree, sadly."
  • Anthony Weiner released from Bronx halfway house (the Weiner is out)

    05/14/2019 6:23:31 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 14, 2019 | Gabrielle Fonrouge and Lorena Mongelli
    Anthony Weiner wrapped up the last leg of his prison sentence for sexting an underage girl on Tuesday morning, walking out of a Bronx halfway house a free man. "It's good to be out," the disgraced former congressman said. "I hope to be able to live a life of integrity and service. I'm glad this chapter of my life is behind me." Weiner, who will still be registered as a Level 1 sex offender, had called the halfway house on Creston Avenue home for three months following his transfer from a Massachusetts lock-up as part of a federal re-entry...
  • Former bishop who killed cyclist in 2014 will be released from jail

    05/01/2019 8:51:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    WBAL TV 11 ^ | May 1, 2019 | Kai Reed
    BALTIMORE, Md. — A former Episcopal bishop who killed a cyclist in 2014 will be released from jail in May. According to officials, Heather Cook will be released from jail and placed on probation until October 2022, meeting regularly with an agent and being supervised. That means Cook will have served 3 1/2 years of her seven-year sentence after she was convicted of killing bicyclist Thomas Palermo on Dec. 27, 2014. At the time, Cook was the second ranking official in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Cook pleaded guilty in September 2015 to auto manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, driving while...
  • ‘Outrageous’ bill may release murderers, rapists back on city streets

    04/27/2019 11:34:08 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 27, 2019 | Sara Dorn and Brad Hamilton
    A state bill that could unleash hundreds of locked-up murderers, rapists and other hardened felons is incensing New York City law enforcement officials who say it would undo years of crime-fighting. The “elder parole” bill, which would grant parole eligibility to all inmates ages 55 and up who have been in prison at least 15 years, is “outrageous and idiotic,” said Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon.
  • Gutfeld on Bernie Sanders letting felons vote from prison

    04/24/2019 12:11:36 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | Greg Gutfeld
    Crazy Bernie wants Boston Marathon bomber to vote.
  • Bernie Sanders Is Wrong: Felons Shouldn’t Vote from Prison

    04/14/2019 5:21:50 PM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | April 11, 2019 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    Democrats used to argue that once felons had served their time, they had paid their debts to society and should be able to vote. Now, top-tier presidential candidate Bernie Sanders wants felons to never lose their right to vote, not even while they’re in prison.
  • Illegal immigrant charged in 5 deaths in Missouri, Kansas found dead in jail cell, sheriff says

    04/09/2019 1:21:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that Pablo Serrano-Vitorino, 43, was found alone and unresponsive in his jail cell at the St. Louis Justice Center after 2 a.m. Serrano-Vitorino, who was in the country illegally from Mexico, had been charged with five counts of first-degree murder after he allegedly killed four men in Kansas City, Kan., and later killed another man in Missouri before being captured. The killings in Kansas City spurred a manhunt involving nearly 100 officers to arrest Serrano-Vitorino, who was found armed with an assault rifle and hiding face-down in a ditch 170...
  • Imagine I Promised You Something for Two Years and Didn’t Deliver

    03/27/2019 5:49:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 3/27/19 | El Rushbo
    RUSH: I really hope I’m not interrupted here in my intended opening. It is multifaceted, and it continues to focus on the so-called investigation of Trump-Russia collusion. Now, a lot of people have today, apparently, an interest in aspects of the media. There’s a lot of attention on PMSNBC and CNN, such as, “What are they gonna do now?” Because the full source of 24/7 programming is been yanked away from them: Trump-Russia collusion, two years of anticipation that Mueller was gonna find the goods on Trump and that he was gonna be summarily removed from office. What is fascinating...
  • Staff of Grimes searched Kentucky voting records for investigators and rivals, records confirm

    03/06/2019 6:37:56 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 17 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | March 6, 2019 | DANIEL DESROCHERS
    Kentucky officials publicly released records Wednesday that show employees in the secretary of state’s office used the voter registration system to look up political rivals, state investigators and a range of political operatives. It is not clear in many instances why the office of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes was looking up people and their personal information — political affiliation, every home address ever on file, some Social Security numbers — but it has led critics to conclude her office abused its access to the system to gain information about her political opponents and those involved in multiple investigations...
  • Convicted child killer in 1997 cold case was strangled in Oklahoma prison cell

    02/27/2019 12:12:47 PM PST · by nuconvert · 46 replies
    FOX ^ | Feb. 27, 2019
    An inmate who was convicted in the 1997 cold case murder of an 8-year-old girl — whose body was never found — was strangled in his Oklahoma prison cell last month, officials said. Anthony Palma, 59, died from “ligature strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head” on Jan. 11 while he was in his cell at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, KFOR reported.
  • Zehra Dogan: Turkey's rebel with a pen and a paintbrush

    02/27/2019 11:38:13 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle (DW) ^ | 26.02.2019 (2-26-19) | Burcu Karakas
    Kurdish artist/journalist Zehra Dogan went to prison for portraying life in southeastern Turkey during the country's state of emergency. Now she is free, and has no plans to give up her fight against injustice.Why did you paint a picture of destroyed houses with a Turkish flag? That is the question authorities asked Kurdish artist and journalist Zehra Dogan when she learned she was going to jail for her paintings, articles and social media posts. "Then they threw me in prison," she said. "But they are the ones who created this picture- I only illustrated it."Imprisoned twice for alleged terrorist ties,...
  • What Could Await El Chapo In Supermax? 23 Hours A Day In A Tiny Cement Cell, For One

    02/20/2019 8:34:54 PM PST · by Simon Green · 58 replies
    Colorado Public Radio ^ | 01/20/19 | Angela Dukakis
    How does a prison prepare for the arrival of known escape artist and Mexican drug kingpin, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera? For the ADX "Supermax" prison in Florence, Colo., former warden Robert Hood said administrators will likely stick to the a formula that's prevented any jailbreaks for 25 years. For 23 hours out of the day, El Chapo would be in a soundproof, 7-by-12-foot cell. The bed, desk and stool are all made of poured cement. While most inmates are given a black-and white-television, it's behind a special kind of glass and can be restricted to show old, never live,...
  • Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke beaten by inmates in prison

    02/16/2019 12:25:43 AM PST · by Impy · 42 replies
    WSB-TV ^ | 2-15-2019 | Bill Hutchinson
    A former Chicago police officer convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of an African-American teenager he shot 16 times received a dose of prison justice just days after Illinois prosecutors moved to seek a harsher sentence for him, his wife said Thursday. Jason Van Dyke was allegedly beaten by inmates at a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, where he was secretly moved to last week, his wife and his attorneys said during a news conference in Chicago.
  • Why there'll be no escape for El Chapo in 'the prison of all prisons’ known as the ‘Alcatraz of ...

    02/13/2019 11:13:48 AM PST · by EveningStar · 45 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 13, 2019 | Andy Wells
    Full title: Why there'll be no escape for El Chapo in 'the prison of all prisons’ known as the ‘Alcatraz of the Rockies’ Mexican drug lord El Chapo faces spending the rest of his life at one of America’s most notorious prisons – to ensure he never escapes again. The convicted drug smuggler, whose real name is Joaquin Guzman, has a record of jailbreaks, having already escaped two high-security Mexican prisons before being captured and extradited to the United States. Experts now believe that Guzman is an ideal candidate for the federal government’s Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado – a...
  • 7 get life in prison for Tunisia's 2015 terror attacks

    02/09/2019 10:42:51 AM PST · by McQ444 · 8 replies
    Fox ^ | 2019-02-09 21:00 | BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA |
    A lawyer says Tunisian authorities have given seven suspects life in prison and handed out other sentences in the trial over two separate 2015 attacks in Tunisia that killed some 60 people, mainly tourists. Samir Ben Amor, the lawyer for one of the 44 defendants, said the verdicts were handed down Saturday for the deadly attack against the country's famous Bardo Museum and a massacre at a popular seaside resort. He says other defendants received jail terms ranging from 16 years to six months, while the charges against 27 of the suspects were dismissed. No one got the maximum penalty...
  • Jay-Z and Meek Mill pledge $50m to free prisoners

    01/24/2019 9:33:54 AM PST · by Ennis85 · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24th January 2019 | BBC News
    Jay-Z, Meek Mill and sport and business leaders have pledged $50m (£38m) to reform the US criminal justice system. The Reform Alliance, which was inspired by Meek Mill's recent stint in prison for a minor probation violation, hopes to free one million prisoners in five years. The owners of the New England Patriots and Philadelphia 76ers, Robert Kraft and Michael Rubin, are co-founders. Reform says it wants to help people who are "trapped in the system". The group's "mission" is to "dramatically reduce the number of people who are unjustly under the control of the criminal justice system, starting with...
  • Graham: Revelations Bruce Ohr warned feds of biased Christopher Steele 'are stunning'

    01/19/2019 3:31:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/18/19 | Alex Swoyer
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham signaled Friday he plans to look into a new report that Justice Department official Bruce Ohr warned federal investigators information from the salacious “Steele dossier” was from a biased source. The South Carolina Republican, in a series of tweets, called the revelation “stunning.” Mr. Ohr, in closed-door testimony reported by Fox News Thursday, told lawmakers he warned the FBI about the potential taint of Christopher Steele’s dossier, since the author disliked Mr. Trump. Mr. Steele’s information would be used as part of the FBI’s justification for obtaining a secret wiretap order on a Trump...