South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was given a maximum five-year prison sentence Tuesday for the Valentine's Day killing last year of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the ruling more than seven months after the Olympic runner's trial started in a case that has riveted South Africa and brought intense media attention to the 27-year-old double-amputee who was already well known for his sporting achievements. - Full Article
The bodies of seven women have been found in northwestern Indiana after a man confessed to killing one woman who was found strangled at a motel and led investigators to at least three of the bodies, authorities said Monday.
The Lake County coroner's office said three of the bodies were found Sunday night at two locations in Gary... - Full Article
Forensic evidence shows Michael Brown’s blood on the gun, on the uniform and inside the car of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, law enforcement officials said, information they believe potentially corroborates the officer’s story that the unarmed 18-year-old tried to take his gun.
The evidence will make it harder for the Justice Department to prosecute Wilson on federal charges that he violated Brown’s civil rights, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. - Full Article
Hong Kong police said Sunday that a protester had been arrested and accused of encouraging others on an online message board to confront police officers, the first arrest of that kind since large street demonstrations began in late September.
The 23-year-old man arrested Saturday is accused of inciting others to “join the unlawful assembly in Mong Kok, to charge at police and to paralyze the railways,” according to a police statement issued Sunday. - Full Article
The white police officer who shot dead Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August, sparking protests which continue in October, reportedly told investigators he feared for his life in an altercation with the teenager just before the shooting.
The New York Times reported that officer Darren Wilson told authorities he was pinned in his vehicle during an altercation with Brown, and that the teenager reached for his gun. - Full Article
The new Texas Voter ID Law rejects idenification from federally recognized tribes, in-state four year colleges and IDs issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Bill 14 aimed to ward off, and the means adopted by the State to that end. Between 2002 and 2011, there were only two in-person voter fraud cases prosecuted to conviction in Texas.
The potential magnitude of racially discriminatory voter disenfranchisement counseled hesitation before disturbing the District Court’s findings and final judgment. Senate Bill 14 may prevent more than 600,000 registered Texas voters (about 4.5% of all registered voters) from voting in person for lack of compliant identification. Id., at 50–51, 54. A sharply disproportionate percentage of those voters are African-American or Hispanic.
The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.
A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to cast ballots. Three justices dissented.
The law was struck down by a federal judge last week, but a federal appeals court had put that ruling on hold. - Full Article
I’m trying to recount the last time I’ve read a piece like the latest piece from Joe Klein, the journalist and columnist turned psychoanalyst. He captures a lot of what we see by the likes of Fox News pundits and talking heads in terms of far-reaching pronouncement about what the President seems to be feeling from face gestures.
…the President’s body language has too often conveyed disgust and cynicism. He seems defeated by the trivial pursuits of the media and his opponents. He does not have the sunny conviction necessary to carry the country through a period of near biblical plagues and wars. His policies and popularity have been crippled by his dour political sense.
We’re left asking if there’s a lot of room for subjective interpretation here. Care to flip the switch here, what was Joe Klein’s body language when he wrote this piece, was it dour?
You have to like the fact that Joe weeded through all of the GOP and extremist media attacks to say that the President’s policies are actually working, imagine that.
You have a President who has brought the country through one of the worst economic calamities of global proportions, a catalyst for giving the nation affordable health care and ending the era of conglomerates lobbying congressional leaders to rip off folks with terminal illnesses and preexisting medical conditions, manage two wars, lead in ushering the most crippling sanctions against a rogue nation in Iran, received memorable praise from GOP leaders during natural disasters during his watch unlike the Katrina disasters, pushed back on the threat of Al Qaeda, brought credibility back to a nation who lost its standing with world leaders concerning the “dumb war” in Iraq…
So I’d have to say Joe Klein exhibits some of the heresy from Republican extremists based on ignorance and bigotry, just in a smaller dose. Like all of those White Americans sucking up the benefits of Obamacare and like all of those politicians at the ribbon cutting ceremonies of stimulus funds and thumbing their noses at the administration at the same time Joe needs to rid himself of this madness.
Officials say 14 people are feared dead after a ventilation grate collapsed during a concert by a popular girls' band near South Korea's capital.
Fire officials said two people have been confirmed dead and 12 others were unresponsive after the accident Friday in Seongnam, just south of Seoul. They said 10 others were seriously injured. - Full Article