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Butt Dialers Have No Right To Privacy: Court

Newser | David Moye | July 23, 2015 | Weird News
Butt dialers, be warned: If you inadvertently place a call with your posterior, you have no legal right to privacy about anything you then say. So declares the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Kentucky.

Obama Discusses The 'Greatest Frustration' Of His Presidency

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | July 23, 2015 | Politics
President Barack Obama opened up about the "greatest frustration" of his time in the White House, telling the BBC he'd like to do more to pass common-sense gun safety laws.  (function(){var src_url="";if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") {src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category;if (commercial_video.package) {src_url +=...

Death Penalty Can Be Considered In Colorado Theater Shooting Case

Associated Press | Simon McCormack | July 23, 2015 | Crime
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors decided unanimously Thursday that the Colorado theater attack was so heinous, depraved and cruel that it deserves the death penalty. Defense lawyers will now try to show why the life ofJames Holmes should be spared nevertheless. Jurors said capital punishment is justified because Holmes murdered a...

Johns Hopkins University Sued By Parents Of Alleged Frat House Rape Victim

AP | Riley Griffin | July 23, 2015 | College
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The family of a 16-year-old who says she was sexually assaulted at an off-campus fraternity party is suing Johns Hopkins University for $20 million. The lawsuit alleges the teen attended a November 2014 party at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house near...

Prison For Shooter Of 3 Women Who Wouldn't Sing 'Happy Birthday'

The Huffington Post | David Moye | July 23, 2015 | Crime
A Minnesota man who shot three women at a birthday party last July after they refused to sing "Happy Birthday" to his girlfriend has been sentenced to 27 years in prison. Delonte Thomas, 20, was sentenced on Monday after being convicted of one count of attempted first-degree murder and three counts...

Vancouver Home Invasion Suspects Point Gun At 7-Year-Old Girl

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | July 23, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
"This was a heinous robbery."

Sandra Bland Autopsy Shows No 'Evidence Suggesting That This Is A Homicide'

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | July 23, 2015 | Black Voices
Investigators say no injuries consistent with a violent homicide were found during an autopsy of Sandra Bland, who was found dead in a Texas jail. Waller County prosecutor Warren Diepraam on Thursday discussed details of the autopsy of the 28-year-old, who authorities say was found...

Executions In Iran Have Surged This Year, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | July 23, 2015 | World
Iran executed 694 people in the first half of 2015, an "unprecedented spike" in the nation's use of the death penalty, according to a new report by Amnesty International. The number of people killed so far this year puts Iran well on its way to eclipse the total...

Inside Chicago's Endless Cycle Of Gun Violence

Rolling Stone | Paige Lavender | July 23, 2015 | Politics
Early in the evening on July 26, 2012, Michael Haynes was cruising around Morgan Park on Chicago's Far South Side when he and his friends, Harry "Slick" Fullilove and Lester "Doogie" Freeman, got word of a fight about to break out.

Dylann Roof Gets Famed Anti-Death Penalty Attorney For Federal Trial

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | July 23, 2015 | Crime
Accused Charleston shooter Dylann Roof will be defended at his federal trial by David Bruck, the famous anti-death penalty attorney who most recently co-defended Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Bruck, who leads the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, a legal defense clinic out of the Washington and Lee...

Sandra Bland Swallowed Or Smoked 'Large Quantity Of Marijuana' In Jail: DA

Reuters | Michael McLaughlin | July 23, 2015 | Crime
Sandra Bland, the black woman found hanging dead in a Texas jail days after a traffic stop, smoked or possibly swallowed a large amount of marijuana while in custody, her family's attorney reported the district attorney as saying. Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis made the disclosure in a...

Child Predator Still At Large Asks Boys, 'Do You Want To Be Scared?'

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | July 23, 2015 | Crime
A predator has been roving around Puyallup, Washington state where he's tried to lure young children into his vehicle, police say. On July 9 and 12, a suspect offered children candy and tried to grab them, Puyallup police said...

Leaving Sandra Bland Alone In A Cell Violated Clear Jail Protocols

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | July 23, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old woman with a bright future, was found dead in a jail cell on June 13, several days after being subject to a violent arrest in Texas. According to the police, she was placed in a cell alone because of that altercation with...

Maine Police Ignored Her Pleas For Help Before Shooting Rampage, Survivor Says

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | July 23, 2015 | Crime
The state police could have prevented a rampage in northern Maine last week during which five people were shot, two of whom died, a survivor said. A woman who said she was raped and kidnapped twice by the suspect, ex-con Anthony Lord, has blamed police for not doing...

Charges Filed In Case Of Police Grenade Thrown In Toddler's Crib

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | July 23, 2015 | Crime
The FBI on Wednesday announced charges against a former Habersham County, Georgia, deputy related to a house raid in May 2014 that went disastrously wrong. Nikki Autry, 29, allegedly provided false information in a search warrant affidavit, according to an FBI news release. Based on the false information, the FBI says,...

Sandra Bland's Voicemail From Jail: 'I'm At A Loss For Words'

Lilly Workneh | July 23, 2015 | Black Voices
A Texas TV station says it has obtained a voicemail from a call Sandra Bland made from jail in which she told a friend that she couldn't believe what was happening to her. The Illinois woman was charged with assaulting a public servant after a July 10 traffic stop in Texas turned confrontational. She was found dead in her cell three days later in what the medical examiner ruled a suicide by hanging. Her family disputes that finding. KTRK-TV in Houston says the call was to friend LaVaughn Mosley. In the message, Bland calmly says she's "still just at a loss for words honestly at this whole process" and wonders, "How did switching lanes with no signal turn into all of this?" One of Bland's sisters has said she sounded "very aggravated" in a separate call to her from...

Man Calls 911 To Get Air Conditioner Fixed, Police Say

David Moye | July 23, 2015 | Weird News
A Pennsylvania man was apparently blowing hot air when he called 911 to get help with his air conditioner. Police in Indiana County say Travis J. Turner, 27, called 911 Sunday afternoon and said he was having difficulty breathing. When paramedics arrived, Turner “related to them that he was fine and did...

Video Shows NYPD Officers Beating Brooklyn Man After He Appears To Surrender

Christopher Mathias | July 23, 2015 | Black Voices
A surveillance video shows two New York City police officers punching and beating a Brooklyn man earlier this month, even though the man had put his hands up and appeared to be surrendering. The footage shows NYPD officer Lenny Lutchman approach 24-year-old Thomas Jennings inside a grocery store in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn on July 7, the New York Daily News reports. Lutchman is holding a baton in his right hand and gently pushing Jennings with his left hand. Jennings almost immediately puts his hands up, in seeming surrender. Although the two appear to exchange words, the video has no audio. That’s when NYPD officer Pearce Martinez rushes into the frame and punches Jennings in the head three times. As Martinez puts Jennings into handcuffs, Lutchman can be seen hitting him with a baton before forcing Jennings’ head into the store’s countertop. The criminal complaint against Jennings alleges he "resisted arrest" and "flailed" his arms inside the grocery store. Jennings suffered lacerations above his eye. A photo provided by his attorney, Amy Rameau, shows Jennings' blood-stained undershirt from after the incident.   "What they did to my client was criminal, and I hope [Brooklyn District Attorney] Ken Thompson will prosecute them for their criminal acts," Rameau told The Huffington Post. The "incident is being investigated in its entirety," a spokeswoman for the Brooklyn DA's office said. An NYPD spokesperson also confirmed that the Internal Affairs Bureau was reviewing the video and had launched an investigation into the incident. Lutchman and Martinez followed Jennings to the grocery store on July 7 after responding to a nearby burglary call. Jennings and an unidentified man had refused to pay for two slices of pizza at New York Fried Chicken, according to the criminal complaint. The other man allegedly threatened a restaurant worker with a switchblade and said that the pair wouldn't pay for the pizza. That's when he and Jennings grabbed two boxes of pizza and fled, the complaint said. However, Jennings told the Daily News that he had tried to buy two slices of pizza but was one dollar short. When he went outside to borrow a dollar from somebody, the unidentified man allegedly drew a knife on the restaurant worker.  Jennings was detained for nearly a week on charges of robbery, menacing, petty larceny, and resisting arrest. He was released on July 13, after the Brooklyn DA's office didn't convene a grand jury. Rameau said she's confident the case against her client will be dismissed. She added that Jennings will pursue litigation against the officers.  This will be the second lawsuit Jennings has filed against the NYPD.  Another lawsuit, still pending in federal court, accuses officers in the 81st precinct -- the same precinct where Lutchman and Martinez work -- of breaking Jennings' eye socket while responding to a dispute between Jennings and his ex-girlfriend.  CORRECTION: This article initially stated that Jennings received a $12,500 settlement from a previous lawsuit filed against the NYPD. He did not; this would be his second suit against the NYPD, not his third. Another plaintiff received the settlement after suing officer Lutchman for excessive...

Dog Shot In Milwaukee Amid Rumors Of Lion On The Loose

James Gerken | July 23, 2015 | Weird News
(function(){var src_url="";if (typeof(commercial_video) == "object") {src_url += "&siteSection="+commercial_video.site_and_category;if (commercial_video.package) {src_url += "&sponsorship="+commercial_video.package;}}var script = document.createElement("script");script.src = src_url;script.async = true;var placeholder = document.querySelector(".js-fivemin-script");placeholder.parentElement.replaceChild(script, placeholder);})(); A dog in Milwaukee was expected to make a full recovery after being shot in apparent mistake for...

Homeless Woman Who Picked Up An LAPD Nightstick Faces Life In Prison

Sebastian Murdock | July 23, 2015 | Crime
A homeless California woman shown on video picking up a police officer's baton could spend the rest of her life in jail for the act. When Charly Keunang, an unarmed and homeless black man, was fatally shot by Los Angeles police in March, it set off a firestorm of protest from citizens demanding the officers be held accountable. Police said Keunang reached for a cop's gun before he was killed, but others have disputed that claim. Caught in the fray was 34-year-old Trishawn Carey, who is seen on video picking up an officer's nightstick from the ground. She can be seen raising the baton before being brought down by LAPD officers. For picking up the baton, Carey could now face 25 years to life in prison, the Los Angeles Times reports.  Deputy District Attorney Gregory Denton told the Times that Carey attempted to attack the officer when she raised the baton. Video does not show the woman swinging at or hitting anyone with the weapon. Nonetheless, Carey has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer and resisting arrest. "I've seen the video, you've seen the video; she doesn't go after anybody," defense attorney Milton Grimes told the Times. "Is possession of a baton an assault? No. The legal basis appears to me to be a distraction or coverup of the killing of a man by the police." Grimes said that Carey has struggled with mental illness and been hospitalized in the past for "acute episodes of psychosis," according to the Times. She has been in jail for nearly five months. On Wednesday, her bail was lowered from more than $1 million to $50,000, according to the Associated Press. “I was in the wrong place and around the wrong people," Carey told the...
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