Former Mexico soldier sentenced for aiding cartels Fri,30 Dec 2011 04:16 PM PST Reuters - MEXICO CITY, Dec 30 (Reuters) - A former soldier in the Mexican army was sentenced to 25 years in prison for aiding drug cartels, the attorney general's office said on Friday. Reymundo Morales of the Mexican infantry was arrested two years ago and found guilty of passing information to drug cartels, the attorney general's office said in a statement. Local media said that Morales and several colleagues in uniform were passing information about security operations to the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, led by Joaquin 'Shorty' Guzman, Mexico's most-wanted man. ... Full Story
Oakland protesters who took over foreclosed home arrested Fri,30 Dec 2011 06:55 AM PST Reuters - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A dozen anti-Wall Street protesters who had taken over a foreclosed home in Oakland were arrested on Thursday, protest organizers said. The home, which protesters said they were using as housing for formerly homeless individuals and as a community meeting space, was taken over on December 6 during a national day of action they said aimed to support homeowners as they resisted evictions from foreclosed homes. The Occupy movement, which argues the U.S. ... Full Story
Iraqi man arrested in Romania Fri,30 Dec 2011 06:44 AM PST Associated Press - Prosecutors have arrested an Iraqi man on the suspicion he helped five of his countrymen who were members of al-Qaida hide in Romania. Full Story
Occupy protesters arrested at Paul, Democratic HQ Thu,29 Dec 2011 05:38 PM PST Associated Press - Police arrested more than a dozen Occupy protesters Thursday in Iowa who are targeting Democrats and Republicans just days before the state's closely watched lead-off presidential caucuses. Full Story
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A tourist from Tennessee was arrested after she brought a loaded handgun to the National September 11 Memorial in her handbag, and she could face a possible prison term, authorities said on Thursday. Meredith Graves, 39, was trying to visit the New York City memorial on December 22 but was arrested when she told security officers that she had a gun, apparently thinking she could check it for safekeeping, authorities said. Security is tight at the memorial, located at the site of the World Trade Center towers destroyed in the attacks of September 11, 2001. ...
5 Occupy protesters arrested at Paul campaign HQ Thu,29 Dec 2011 12:08 PM PST Associated Press - Five Occupy protesters were arrested Thursday outside the Iowa campaign headquarters of presidential contender Ron Paul as the group continued its protest against Republican candidates and President Barack Obama. Full Story
NYC Mayor: Stats show uptick, but crime down Thu,29 Dec 2011 06:27 AM PST Associated Press - Despite statistics expected to show a slight increase in major crimes by the end of the year, city officials declared Wednesday that New York City's historic, two-decade decline in crime isn't over. Full Story
Spain king's son-in-law subpoenaed in graft probe Thu,29 Dec 2011 03:46 AM PST Associated Press - A judge subpoenaed the son-in-law of Spain's King Juan Carlos on Thursday to testify as a suspect in a corruption case, deepening a public relations nightmare for the royal family at a time of acute economic crisis for everyday people. Full Story
Senegal opposition mayor arrested over fatal shooting Wed,28 Dec 2011 09:27 PM PST Reuters - DAKAR (Reuters) - A high-profile opponent of Senegal's president and ruling party, who is also a mayor of a suburb in the capital Dakar, was detained on Wednesday on suspicion of involvement in a fatal town hall shooting, his lawyer said. The arrest of Barthelemy Dias may stoke political tensions in the West African nation two months ahead of a presidential election in which incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade plans to seek reelection despite an outcry from the opposition. ... Full Story
A Second Look at the Death Penalty Wed,28 Dec 2011 12:00 AM PST Susan Estrich - I still remember back in 1988 sitting in a Chinese restaurant when then-Governor Bill Clinton took a napkin and listed on one side the Democratic governors who were against the death penalty and, on the other, those who were for it. In its time, the issue was the third rail in American politics — the line that divided those who could win because they were considered tough on crime and those who would face electoral problems. A few years later, my friend Kathleen Brown was trounced in the governor's race in California in large part because she opposed the death penalty. Full Story
The discovery of the wife of one of Dallas' most prominent ministers choked with a cord and left convulsing and near death on their garage floor led to a sensational trial. Prosecutors charged Walker Railey with attempted murder, saying he wanted to marry his lover, who also had church connections.
Swedish reporters sentenced to 11 yrs in Ethiopia Tue,27 Dec 2011 04:17 PM PST Associated Press - A court in Ethiopia has sentenced two Swedish journalists to 11 years in prison on charges of supporting terrorism after the two illegally entered the country with an ethnic Somali rebel group in a case that has been criticized by media rights groups. Full Story
Puerto Rico governor signs 4 laws to fight crime Tue,27 Dec 2011 12:04 PM PST Associated Press - The governor of Puerto Rico signed four laws on Tuesday that he says will help track suspects and provide aid to crime victims as the island struggles with a record number of killings. Full Story
Crime scene cleanup ad lifts Handel's Messiah Tue,27 Dec 2011 09:26 AM PST Reuters - BOSTON (Reuters) - Who says beautiful music and blood spatter cleanup can't go together. When Chorus North Shore performs Handel's Messiah or Verdi's Requiem, the Boston-area group usually can count on Timothy Riley and his crime scene cleanup business for moral and economic support. Riley, for example, recently advertised his company's "crime and death scene cleaning" in the playbill of Chorus North Shore's Handel's Messiah performance at two Catholic churches north of Boston. ... Full Story
The neighbor who was babysitting a 9-year-old Indiana girl when she went missing last week will be formally charged with murder Tuesday, a heartbreaking turn for the girl's relatives who considered him a family friend.