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President Andrew Johnson is aquitted of High Crimes & Misdemeanors - 1868
May 16, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Andrew Johnson

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 16, 1868, the U.S. Senate votes against impeaching President Andrew Johnson and acquits him of committing high crimes and misdemeanors. In February 1868, the House of Representatives charged Johnson with 11 articles of impeachment for vague "high crimes and misdemeanors."

Mont. man in custody after release in 1979 slaying
May 16, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 16, 2013 Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. — The three-decade fight for freedom by a Montana man convicted of the 1979 slaying of a teenage classmate entered what could be its final stage this week, when the Montana Supreme Court ordered him back to prison and took away his brief taste of normal life.

But from the time he confessed to out-of-state police four years after the notorious killing of Kim Nees, almost nothing about the Barry Beach case has been routine — and advocates promised they will find other ways to prove his innocence.

Justin Bieber and Bon Jovi Concerts Scene of Stadium Heist
May 15, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 15, 2013 Good Morning America

It's a scene seemingly ripped right from an "Ocean's Eleven" script.

Thieves targeted the city's famed FNB Stadium following concerts this weekend by Justin Bieber and Bon Jovi in a heist that included them chiseling through the wall of a safe room and lowering themselves into the room with ropes. And using a system of ropes and ladders to get back out.

Authorities are not disclosing exactly how much cash was stolen, but they believe most of the money had been collected from numerous bars, food stands and merchandise outlets.

No one even noticed the cash was gone until early Monday morning. Eyewitness News South Africa footage shows a crime scene littered with roof debris and busted bricks.

"It wasn't an impromptu incident," Jacques Grobbelarr, a member of the stadium's management team, told Eyewitness News South Africa. "There was definite planning. Looking at the scene and the place they broke into, it looks as if they were planning this for quite some time, probably a couple of days."

Private investigators have been brought in to help police, and several employees have been given polygraph tests, as authorities believe only those with an intimate knowledge of the stadium's layout and security plans could have pulled off a heist of this caliber. Officials are also combing through footage from 10 security cameras around the stadium, which remains on lockdown.

San Francisco's 2nd Vigilance Committee is formed - 1856
May 15, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Symbol of the 2nd Vigilance Committee

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 15, 1856, angered by the shooting of a prominent journalist, San Franciscans form their second vigilance committee to combat lawlessness. The need for vigilance committees in San Francisco was obvious. Only two years after gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill in 1848, San Francisco had grown from a sleepy little village with 900 inhabitants to a booming metropolis with more than 200,000 residents.

Dad of boy accused of killing sister wants evidence
May 14, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 13, 2013 USA Today

VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. — Investigators worked more than 2,000 hours to solve the stabbing of an 8-year-old girl in her home here last month.

Now that officials have zeroed in on Leila Fowler's 12-year-old brother as the suspected killer, the next question is what happens to the preteen.

The boy, who has not been identified because of his age, will be charged with homicide, Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz has said. Leila's brother is in custody now.

Barney Fowler, the father of the boy, told The Associated Press on Monday that the family is standing behind the boy "until they have the proper evidence to show it's my son."

His case likely will play out in the Juvenile Division of Calaveras County Superior Court because of his age. In California, children as young as 14 may be tried as adults but cannot receive the death penalty, according to the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center in San Francisco, which was created in 1999 by the American Bar Association to support juvenile trial lawyers.

Convicted Pa. abortion doctor gets life in prison
May 14, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 14, 2013 Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA  — A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies born alive at his grimy clinic was spared a possible death sentence Tuesday in a deal with prosecutors.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell gave up his right to appeal and in return will spend life in prison. Gosnell, 72, was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder in a case that became a flashpoint in the nation's abortion debate.

Former clinic employees testified that Gosnell routinely performed illegal abortions past Pennsylvania's 24-week limit, that he delivered babies who were still moving, whimpering or breathing, and that he and his assistants dispatched the newborns by "snipping" their spines, as he referred to it.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty because Gosnell killed more than one person, and his victims were especially vulnerable given their age. But Gosnell's own advanced age had made it unlikely he would ever be executed before his appeals ran out.

Russia says CIA agent caught trying to recruit spy
May 14, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 14, 2013 Reuters

MOSCOW - Russia expelled a U.S. diplomat on Tuesday after saying he had been caught red-handed with disguises, special equipment and wads of cash as he tried to recruit a Russian intelligence agent to work for the CIA.

Apparently detained in an incongruous-looking blond wig, with props reminiscent of a schoolboy's spy kit, U.S. Embassy Third Secretary Ryan Fogle hardly looked like a Cold War secret agent.

But the announcement still came at an awkward time for Washington and Moscow as they try to improve relations and bring the warring sides in Syria together for an international peace conference. Nevertheless, there was little sign that either country wanted to escalate the affair beyond a minimum response.

The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul to discuss the case on Wednesday and released a statement ordering Fogle to leave Russia.

"Such provocative actions in the spirit of the Cold War will by no means promote the strengthening of mutual trust," it said.

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