Posts Tagged ‘courts’

November 20th, 2014 - 4:15 pm § in Misc.

A $500 Fine For Murder

On Monday, an Atlanta judge fined a 70-year-old homeowner $500 and gave him 1 year of probation for killing a young foreign exchange student who drove into his driveway by mistake. Rodrigo Diaz, 22, from Colombia, was killed on Jan. 26, 2013, while picking up friends for a skating party. His intende[...]

October 30th, 2014 - 10:46 pm § in Misc.

Washington’s Supreme Court Makes Rape Harder To Prosecute

Washington’s Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled today that defendants accused rape can’t be required to prove the victim consented to sex; rather, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the alleged victim didn’t consent to sex. The decision overturns a 1975 legi[...]

October 18th, 2014 - 12:36 pm § in Misc.

Another Black Youth, Coerced Confession, And Wrongful Imprisonment

David McCallum, 45, was exonerated last week after spending 28 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.  McCallum was just 16 when police coerced him and a friend (who died in prison in 2001) into signing cop-written confessions filled with falsehoods and inconsistencies.  The charges [...]

October 12th, 2014 - 12:46 am § in America

Judge Frees Woman Sent To Prison By Sloppy Detective Work, Clueless Prosecutor, And Lying Informer

A California judge has freed a woman imprisoned 17 years for her ex-boyfriend’s 1997 murder. Deidre O’Connor, an attorney who advocates for wrongly convicted people, says Susan Mellen, 59, was convicted “solely on the testimony of a notorious liar.” We should find that troubl[...]

July 22nd, 2014 - 10:52 am § in Misc.

Courts In Conflict Over Obamacare

Health Law Subsidies Upheld, Conflicting With Ruling Hours Earlier Two federal appeals court panels issued conflicting rulings Tuesday on whether the government could subsidize health insurance premiums for people in three dozen states that use the federal insurance exchange. The decisions are the l[...]