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Jodi Arias Trial: Woman charged in ex-boyfriend's murder concludes testimony after 18 days on the stand
Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:02, - 0 Comments

March 14, 2013 Associated Press

PHOENIX - A prosecutor spent much of Wednesday pointing at Jodi Arias and angrily raising his voice, clearly frustrated with her unresponsive answers on the witness stand in her Arizona death penalty trial.

Arias concluded her testimony after more than six weeks. Trial was set to resume Thursday as defense attorneys call additional witnesses.

Arias is charged with first-degree murder in the June 2008 death of her lover in his suburban Phoenix home.

She testified for 18 days during which she described her abusive childhood, cheating boyfriends, dead-end jobs, a raunchy sexual relationship with the victim and her contention that Travis Alexander had grown physically abusive in the months leading to his death, once even choking her into unconsciousness.

Authorities say she planned Alexander's killing in a jealous rage, but Arias says it was self-defense when he attacked her after a day of sex.

Jack Ruby found guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald - 1964
Thu, 03/14/2013 - 08:32, - 0 Comments

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Jack Ruby

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 14, 1964, Jack Ruby, the Dallas nightclub owner who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald (the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy) is found guilty and sentenced to die in the electric chair. It was the first courtroom verdict to be televised in U.S. history.

Police blamed in Egypt revolt deaths
Wed, 03/13/2013 - 22:19, - 0 Comments

March 13, 2013 Associated Press

CAIRO — The highest-level inquiry into the deaths of nearly 900 protesters in Egypt's uprising has concluded that police were behind nearly all the killings and used snipers on rooftops overlooking Cairo's Tahrir Square to shoot into the huge crowds.

The report, parts of which were obtained by The Associated Press, is the most authoritative and sweeping account of the killings and determines that the deadly force used could only have been authorized by Hosni Mubarak's security chief, with the ousted president's full knowledge.

The report of the fact-finding commission, created by Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, could weigh heavily in the upcoming retrial of Mubarak, as well as his security chief, former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly, and six top police commanders. It is likely also to fuel calls for reforming the powerful security forces and lead to prosecutions of members of the police force.

The findings were leaked at a sensitive time for the country's police. Still hated by most Egyptians, the force is in upheaval, with segments of police on strike and its chief, Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim, pleading not to drag it into politics. The force is also facing a challenge from Islamist groups threatening to set up "popular committees" to fill what they call a security vacuum created by the police strike.

Police scrutinized over adversary's death
Wed, 03/13/2013 - 20:48, - 0 Comments

March 13, 2013 Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  — Mary Han was a successful civil rights attorney who for decades battled over the rights of abused women, accused prostitutes and the homeless. In the close-knit Albuquerque legal community, she was known as a spitfire whose fervor was often directed at one entity in particular: The city's troubled police department.

Now, more than two years after Han was found dead in her garage in what authorities deemed a suicide, the department is under scrutiny amid questions over whether officers mishandled the investigation into the death of their former adversary.

The state attorney general's office is looking into the matter. It has also asked federal officials, who last year launched a civil rights probe into the department's high number of police shootings, to look at the case.

Han's relatives, meantime, have sued the city — along with the police chief, public safety director and more than a dozen officers and investigators — alleging shoddy police work resulted in a flawed investigation. More so, they question whether police failed to look at other explanations for the feisty and notoriously foul-mouthed attorney's death.

Dunblane Massacre - 1996
Wed, 03/13/2013 - 08:52, - 0 Comments

Thomas Hamilton

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 13, 1996, Thomas Hamilton bursts into the gymnasium of the Dunblane Primary School In Dunblane, Scotland and opens fire on a kindergarten class. Sixteen children and their teacher, Gwenne Mayor, were fatally shot before Hamilton turned the gun on himself.

Steubenville Rape Case: What You Haven't Heard
Tue, 03/12/2013 - 13:58, - 1 Comment

March 12, 2013 Good Morning America

The nation's eyes will be focused this week on what happens inside a tiny Steubenville, Ohio, courthouse. The juvenile trial set to begin there is every parent's nightmare and a cautionary tale for teenagers living in today's digital world.

Steubenville is a town used to having media attention lavished on a much different building. In the middle of this city of 18,000 nestled on the Eastern border of Ohio stands Harding Stadium, the crown jewel of this former steel town. Nicknamed Death Valley, the 10,000-seat structure is home to the Big Red football team, one of Ohio's most storied high school programs.

Steubenville is a place where football is more than just a past time; it's a religion. And residents here worship on Friday nights.

Every time Big Red scores, a sculpture of a stallion named Man O' War breathes a 6-foot stream of fire into the night sky over Harding Stadium. But this past season, the team's second-round playoff defeat was overshadowed by a very different firestorm that engulfed the team and the entire town.

London police raid home of George Harrison - 1969
Tue, 03/12/2013 - 10:58, - 0 Comments

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George Harrison & Pattie Boyd

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 12, 1969, London police appear at house of George Harrison and Pattie Boyd with a warrant and drug-sniffing canines. Boyd immediately used the direct hotline to Beatles headquarters and George returned to find his home turned upside down. He is reported to have told the officers "You needn't have turned the whole bloody place upside down. All you had to do was ask me and I would have shown you where I keep everything."

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