Man found guilty in Grand Canyon child abuse case Wed,29 Feb 2012 05:28 PM PST Associated Press - A grandfather was found guilty of child abuse Wednesday for forcing his grandsons on grueling hikes in the Grand Canyon in searing August heat, withholding food and water and choking and kicking them during the long treks. Full Story
SAN RAFAEL, California (Reuters) - Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against "Alphabet Murders" suspect Joseph Naso, a judge said on Wednesday, but the 78-year-old accused serial killer insisted on continuing to act as his own attorney. Naso, who has admitted a penchant for photographing women in nylons and high heels but denies killing anyone, is charged with first-degree murder in the slayings of four northern California prostitutes, two in the 1970s and two more in the 1990s. ...
Jury selection begins in San Francisco sheriff trial Wed,29 Feb 2012 04:41 PM PST Reuters - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Jury selection got underway on Wednesday in the spousal-abuse trial of San Francisco's newly elected sheriff, Ross Mirkarimi, despite failed efforts by the controversial lawman's wife to vindicate him and have charges dropped. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Garrett Wong, in a sometimes heated hearing, rejected a request by an attorney for Mirkarimi's wife, Eliana Lopez, to exclude a video in which she bared a bruise on her arm and said her husband inflicted it. ... Full Story
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Allen Stanford perpetrated one of the biggest thefts in history, a U.S. prosecutor said on Wednesday as the former financier's trial neared its end. Stanford, 61, is on trial in federal court in Houston, accused of running a $7 billion Ponzi scheme. Jurors began deliberations after hearing final arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys. "It was one of the greatest thefts in history. Billions of dollars," prosecutor Gregg Costa said as he summed up the government's case. "Fraud is just theft wearing a business suit," he said. ...
Fate of financier Stanford in jury's hands Wed,29 Feb 2012 04:09 PM PST Associated Press - The fate of Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford — accused of orchestrating a massive Ponzi scheme that took billions from investors — rests in the hands of the Houston jury, as prosecutors and defense attorneys presented their closing arguments in the financier's fraud trial Wednesday. Full Story
GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - A former CIA "ghost prisoner" who grew up near Baltimore admitted to a U.S. war crimes court on Wednesday that he was an al Qaeda money courier and martyr-in-training now prepared to help prosecute other terrorism suspects. Pakistani defendant Maid Khan is remorseful and ready "to join Team America, to do the right thing," his Army lawyer, Lieutenant Colonel Jon Jackson, said after the hearing. "He wishes he had never been involved with al Qaeda ever." After nearly nine years in U.S. ...
Former security chief at coal mine where 29 died is sentenced Wed,29 Feb 2012 03:12 PM PST Reuters - CHARLESTON, West Virginia (Reuters)- - The former security chief at a coal mine where 29 miners died in 2010 was sentenced on Wednesday to three years in prison for lying to federal agents and obstructing an investigation into the worst accident in the U.S. mining industry in four decades. Hughie Elbert Stover, of Clear Fork, West Virginia, who was convicted last October, had faced a maximum possible sentence of 25 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Irene Berger in Beckley, West Virginia. ... Full Story
SAN RAFAEL, California (Reuters) - Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against "Alphabet Murders" suspect Joseph Naso, a judge revealed on Wednesday, but the accused serial killer, who pleaded not guilty, insisted on continuing to act as his own attorney. Naso, 78, a former photographer, is charged with first-degree murder in the slayings of four northern California prostitutes, two in the 1970s and two more in the 1990s. The killings were dubbed the "Alphabet Murders" because each victim had first and last names beginning with the same letters. ...
12 jurors seated for Philly priest sex abuse trial Wed,29 Feb 2012 01:44 PM PST Associated Press - A jury of six men and six women, many with Catholic ties, was seated Wednesday to hear a landmark criminal case on how the Archdiocese of Philadelphia handled priests accused of molesting children. Full Story
Lawyer wants NY court to nix boosted prison term Wed,29 Feb 2012 12:53 PM PST Associated Press - Three judges seemed unimpressed Wednesday with arguments that the First Amendment rights of a civil rights lawyer convicted of aiding a terrorist organization were violated when her prison sentence was quadrupled after she said she could serve the time "standing on my head." Full Story
Portugal won't extradite American fugitive George Wright to the United States for crimes he committed there four decades ago, after the U.S. ran out of possibilities to appeal the decision to let him stay, a Portuguese court official said Wednesday.
Ex-mine security chief to be sentenced over blast Wed,29 Feb 2012 07:16 AM PST Associated Press - A convicted former security chief at the Upper Big Branch mine in southern West Virginia will learn his fate for lying to investigators about the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 men. Full Story
Protesters Were Arrested Trying to Re-Occupy Zuccotti Park Wed,29 Feb 2012 07:14 AM PST The Atlantic Wire - It was just like old times at Zuccotti Park on Tuesday night, as protesters marched to the tiny downtown Manhattan Square with their sleeping bags and police rolled out the paddy wagons. After marching from Union Square to Zuccotti Park -- where Occupy Wall Street began on Sept. 17, 2011 -- demonstrators rolled out sleeping bags and lay down, tweeted Andrew Katz, a Columbia journalism student who frequently covers Occupy. But the cops were waiting with some 13 vans, Katz noted, and toward midnight, they started making arrests. ... Full Story