COLUMBUS, Ohio — The litany of charges against a Cleveland man outline in numbing detail the crimes his victims allegedly suffered over 10 years of imprisonment: August 2002, kidnapping. September 2004, kidnapping. November 2006, aggravated murder. Christmas Day 2006, rape. A new 977-count indictment filed Friday provides a painful look at what prosecutors say was a decade of captivity for three women in suspect Ariel Castro´s home in a rough Cleveland, Ohio, neighborhood. Among the most serious charges: that he caused the death of one of his victims´ fetuses by punching and starving her. Among the most haunting: that he assaulted
SANFORD, Fla. -- The jury in George Zimmerman´s murder trial is set to begin a second day of deliberations on Saturday, weighing whether the neighborhood watch volunteer committed a crime almost a year and a half ago when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin. As the jury began their discussions Friday afternoon, police and civic leaders in this Orlando suburb went on national television to plead for calm in Sanford and across the country, no matter what the verdict. "There is no party in this case who wants to see any violence," Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger said.
AUSTIN — After more than eight hours of debate, the plan to enact some of the nation’s most restrictive abortion regulations was approved 19-11 by the Texas Senate late Friday. Next: Gov. Rick Perry’s desk for his signature, which is expected soon. After that: a promised legal challenge from Democrats. The bill is about to become a law that will restrict abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and put in place regulations so strict that only a handful of abortion clinics, including one in Fort Worth, likely will remain. The final debate drew thousands of activists for and against the legislation
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is vowing to create more headaches for President Obama after emerging Friday to request temporary asylum in Russia. (snip) Snowden hinted Friday that he would continue to be a thorn in the side of the Obama administration if he has the opportunity to leave the Moscow airport freely — and get a platform to speak. Snowden said that he intended to travel to each of the Latin American countries that offered him asylum “to extend my personal thanks to their people and leaders.” He also labeled them human rights protectors in comments sure to
WARNING: THIS POST IS RACIST Who’s Joshua Chellew? The fact that you don’t know his name is the whole point. But that’s not your fault. Marietta Daily Journal, 7/3/13: Four south Cobb teenagers are in custody in connection with the beating death of a 36-year-old Mableton man on Mableton Parkway early Sunday morning… They have been accused in the beating death of Joshua Heath Chellew, 36…According to the warrant, the four teenagers are accused of starting a fight with Chellew at a Chevron gas station in the 6200 block of Mableton Parkway near Community Drive...
The abortion debate in Texas has been clarifying. On one side we’ve seen people behave peacefully and respectfully, abide by the laws and the rules and sing hymns like “Amazing Grace.” On the other side, we’ve seen threats, mob tactics and “Hail Satan!” Do you #stand4life or do you #standwithwendy? In other words, for principle or media-inflated personality? Do you stand for “safe, legal, and rare” abortions, or merely legal and unrestricted abortions? We’ve also seen Planned Parenthood lie through its teeth, and a couple of members of the the Texas media just called them out on it.
Our intellectual betters and self-proclaimed civility police came to the Texas state house today ready to make their point, with poop: The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today received information that individuals planned to use a variety of items or props to disrupt legislative proceedings at the Texas Capitol. Therefore for safety purposes, DPS recommended to the State Preservation Board that all bags be inspected prior to allowing individuals to enter the Senate gallery, which the State Preservation Board authorized. During these inspections, DPS officers have thus far discovered
A dentist acted legally when he fired a longtime assistant because he had grown too attracted to her and worried he would try to start an affair, the Iowa Supreme Court reaffirmed Friday in its second crack at the controversial case. Coming to the same outcome as it did in December, but clarifying its rationale, the court found that bosses can fire employees that they and their spouses see as threats to their marriages. The court said such firings do not count as sex discrimination because they are motivated by feelings, not gender.
KTVU Channel 2 is apologizing for an on-air gaffe that the station — or viewers – won’t soon forget. During the noon newscast Friday, co-anchor Tori Campbell, announced that “KTVU has just learned the names of the four pilots who were on board” Asiana flight 214 when it crashed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday. She then read from a teleprompter while a TV graphic displayed four fake names that clearly were someone’s idea of a joke. The first name — “Captain Sum Ting Wong” — should have been a give-away that something really was wrong.
SANFORD, Fla. -- As the George Zimmerman murder trial went before a jury Friday, a diverse crowd gathered outside the Seminole County courthouse awaiting a verdict. Some had come from as far as New Jersey to be there for the decision. (Snip) One man said Trayvon and Zimmerman both contributed to the February 2012 confrontation that left Trayvon dead. Several members of the New Black Panther Party led loud chants, shouting "What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!" More than 20 sheriff´s deputies representing Seminole County stood in front of the courthouse entrance. At one point
Awaiting final paragraph from Monica, who´s been advised.gs On Sunday, the people of France marked the 224th anniversary of freedom fighters´ storming the Bastille, the medieval fortress-prison in Paris that had served as the symbol of royal tyranny and the struggle against it. In reality, the moldering old castle wasn´t what it was portrayed. It wasn´t much of a prison, for one thing. The few prisoners "liberated" by the mob were mostly noblemen put there by their families for misbehavior. Nor was it a source of power or iron rule for the
In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Martin Savidge, Mark O’Mara – defense attorney for George Zimmerman – opens up and answers some difficult questions, now that the case has gone to the jury. Below are some of the highlights. (Snip)“It’s guesswork on my behalf but if I enter into this formula an element, an ingredient, of politics, a lot more makes sense. A lot more about the way this was handled early on, the way it was turned into a racial event when seemingly and now positively it wasn’t. When a special prosecutor is brought in
Those who would rule know one thing for certain: Win the battle of ideas and you win control of everything. In an open, democratic society such as ours, freedom of speech and what John Stuart Mill called "the marketplace of ideas" are huge benefits. They enable all of us, even the most marginalized, to make our case to the public, to be heard. They allow reason to be inserted into public debate as an essential part of the checks and balances of the democratic process. This is a healthy thing, vital for our republic.
Injustice: There are biased judges, and then there´s Debra Nelson, who´s presided over what can only be called a kangaroo court in the George Zimmerman trial. The bias of Nelson, Florida Circuit Court judge and a lifelong Democrat, in favor of the prosecution and its efforts to railroad Zimmerman as a racist murderer has been palpable throughout the case. Her actions, which have actively aided the state, could poison jurors and factor into future litigation. Her shameful rulings and behavior, therefore, are worth cataloging, and include: • Suppressing exculpatory evidence recovered from the (double-password-protected) cell phone of Trayvon
Organizing for Action (OFA), the group spun off of President Obama´s reelection campaign, raised $8.2 million in the last three months, the group announced Friday afternoon. That represents an uptick in donations from earlier in the year. OFA raised $4.9 million during the first three months of 2013, which was viewed as a slow start for the group. "In just our second quarter, OFA more than doubled the number of donors that have stepped up and taken ownership of the future of this organization," said an OFA official. More than 230,000 donors have now contributed
Lake Mary, Florida- Whatever the six-woman jury mulling the fate Friday of George Zimmerman decides, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin cannot emerge as a winner, according to his defense attorney. Asked Wednesday what kind of life Zimmerman would lead if he were acquitted, Mark O´Mara told CNN´s Martin Savidge "not a good one." "He has to live mostly in hiding, he has to protect himself from that periphery that still believe that he´s some racist murderer or acted in a bad way," O´Mara said.
SANFORD, Fla. -- With police and civic leaders urging calm, a jury began deliberating George Zimmerman´s fate Friday after hearing dueling portraits of the neighborhood watch captain: a cop wannabe who took the law into his own hands or a well-meaning volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin because he feared for his life. As the jury got the murder case, police in this Orlando suburb went on national television to plead for peace in Sanford and across the country, no matter what the verdict. "There is no party in this case who wants to see any
A third child has died from the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport, hospital officials announced Friday afternoon. San Francisco General Hospital officials said at a news briefing that the victim was a girl, but they did not release her age or identity. Her parents asked that they reveal no information at this time, said hospital spokeswoman Rachel Kagen. She had been one of three patients in critical condition at the hospital. Six other patients remain hospitalized, with two adults in critical condition. The conditions of other four, including a girl, range from serious to fair-to-good.
In a bombshell announcement, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said today that former Gov. Jim McGreevey will take the helm of a city commission dedicated to job creation and training. McGreevey, 55, who served for two years as governor before resigning in disgrace in 2004, will also create and implement a re-integration program for ex-offenders being released from state prison and county jails, according to Fulop´s office. “Gov. McGreevey has worked hands-on with the inmate population and with re-entry programs and will be a valuable asset to us as we develop a re-entry program
U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions said Friday that he hopes that whoever replaces Janet Napolitano as Secretary of Homeland Security will "restore the rule of law" and take an aggressive tack on immigration law enforcement. Napolitano announced Friday that she is resigning to become president of the University of California system. "Secretary Napolitano´s tenure at the Department of Homeland Security was defined by a consistent disrespect for the rule of law," Sessions, R-Alabama, said in a statement Friday. Sessions said he hopes Napolitano´s resignation will allow Congress to check "President Obama´s selective enforcement" of immigration laws. "Any selection—interim or permanent
SANFORD, Florida - The jury deliberating in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin asked the judge for a list of evidence in the case, Seminole County Judge Debra Nelson said. The sequestered jury of six women had been deliberating two hours when the question came in. Such questions can sometimes offer clues as to what the jury is thinking or, as in this case, prove to be routine.
RUSH: This is what it was: "A tentative agreement to overhaul the federal student loan program was close to collapsing on Thursday night after the Congressional Budget Office said the proposal would cost the Treasury $22 billion over 10 years..." What this means is -- and this is the New York Times. It means that lowering the student loan rate to 3.4% would cost the Treasury $22 billion, and we can´t do it! And, furthermore, it´s the Republicans´ fault.
RUSH: Eli in Louisville. Great to have you on the program, Eli. Welcome to the program. CALLER: Hi, Rush. I´m 15 years old and I´m telling you not to give up on the future generation. I´ve been watching you since I was five years old and my dad is conservative. And I cannot wait ´til I´m able to vote when I turn 18, which will be in the next election, which will hopefully be a conservative. RUSH: Why are you gonna wait? If you´re a Democrat they´d have you voting by now.
RUSH: Get this. This is actually a very provocative piece on the Zimmerman case. It is found today in the American Spectator, one of my all-time favorite journals of opinion. It´s written by a man named Daniel J. Flynn. It´s about the Zimmerman case. And the headline of this piece is really good, and it´s provocative itself. It gives you an indication what the story is about. "Two Males, No Men." "Two Males, No Men." And the premise of Mr. Flynn´s piece is that the real reason Trayvon Martin was shot