Hate Crime Maps Reveal the Most Prejudiced Places in America

Hate Crime Maps Reveal the Most Prejudiced Places in AmericaMicThe maps below reveal where different groups are most likely to be victims of hate crimes. Each county is colored based on its hate crime rate, the number of hate crimes per 100,000 residen…

  July 29, 2014  

Hamilton man accused of pointing gun at baby during home invasion was out on …

Hamilton man accused of pointing gun at baby during home invasion was out on
The Star-Ledger
Despite his client’s criminal history, attorney E. Austin Belmont requested that Mercer Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Brown reduce bail on the home invasion charges down to $150,000 as it was unlikely his client would be able to post bail otherwise.

  July 29, 2014  

Man convicted of killing Bellaire police officer sentenced to death

Man convicted of killing Bellaire police officer sentenced to deathKPRC HoustonA jury has decided the punishment for the man convicted of killing a Bellaire police officer and an innocent bystander. Harlem Lewis has been sentenced to death. Closing arg…

  July 29, 2014  

4 teens charged with capital murder in beating death of USC student

4 teens charged with capital murder in beating death of USC student
Los Angeles Times
Jonathan DelCarmen, 19; Andrew Garcia, 18; Alberto Ochoa, 17; and Alejandra Guerrero, 16; each face one count of murder in connection with the death of Xiran Ji, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said. The four also face a special
4 Teens Charged With Murder in Beating Death of USC Grad Student; Bat KTLA
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  July 29, 2014  

Judge Can’t Be Sued For Having Sex With A Litigant In His Chambers Because Of Judicial Immunity Doctrine

Back in fall 2013, Judge Wade McCree Jr. was charged with a number of, um, sexual indiscretions that would make anyone blush.

Such lapses of judicial judgment include texting a shirtless selfie to a female court bailiff, having an affair with a woman while overseeing her child custody case and then participating in certain relations—nod, nod, wink, wink—with the same woman in his chambers.

McCree Jr. ended up losing his job, but a recent suit ruled that he can’t be sued for any money damages because of something called “the immunity doctrine.” This antiquated principle is meant to keep judges impartial, but in situations like this, it keeps the accused from being pined for actual crimes.

For example, McGree Jr. can’t be sued by the father of his mistress’ child. WTF, right?

“Robert King claims McCree denied him access to a fair and impartial judge by having an affair with Geniene La’Shay Mott when she sued King over child support. King claims McCree’s decisions — such as placing him on a tether — were influenced by his ‘sexual desires’ and that his rulings unfairly favored his mistress.”

Despite the current ruling, Detroit attorney Joel Sklar plans to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying, “It’s so beyond description. A judge uses his chambers to have sex with a litigant? … If this isn’t too far, what is too far?”

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$1 million bail for Abigail Hernandez kidnapping suspect

$1 million bail for Abigail Hernandez kidnapping suspect
Boston Globe
CONWAY, N.H. — Nathaniel E. Kibby, the 34-year-old man accused of kidnapping teenager Abigail Hernandez nine months ago, was ordered held on $1 million cash bail after his arraignment this afternoon in a New Hampshire courtroom. Judge Pamela …
NH Man Charged In Abby Hernandez Kidnapping Held On $1M Bail CBS Local
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  July 29, 2014  

1 suspect shot, 1 at large in officer-involved shooting

1 suspect shot, 1 at large in officer-involved shooting
KIRO Seattle
The King County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were responding to a burglary call. Two suspects had entered an occupied house and the homeowner called 911. Officers responded but the details of the shooting are not yet known. One suspect was shot and …
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  July 29, 2014  

2 dead, 1 wounded after home invasions lead to Metro shooting

2 dead, 1 wounded after home invasions lead to Metro shootingLas Vegas Review-JournalA Las Vegas police mobile command center arrives at the scene of a home invasion and shooting at the corner of Autumn Street and Rollingwood Drive in Las Vegas Tuesday…

  July 29, 2014  

Connecticut gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley needs to be clear on gun control

Connecticut gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley needs to be clear on gun controlNew Haven RegisterFor that matter, Heather Somers, the former Groton mayor who is running for lieutenant governor, also should be more specific about her gun-control views. D…

  July 29, 2014