August 16, 1996 |
A lesbian who lost custody of her son because of her sex life abandoned a three-year battle to get the boy back from her own mother Thursday. But Sharon Bottoms testified that she will instead seek expanded visitation rights, including permission to bring 5-year-old Tyler Doustou to the apartment she shares with her lover. "She just didn't want to go through this ordeal again," explained Donald Butler, Bottoms' attorney.
May 8, 1991 |
A California man who helped his terminally ill wife commit suicide with a plastic bag over her head acted out of love, his attorney said Tuesday. But prosecutors say the man, Bertram R. Harper, should be convicted of murder because he did more than assist his wife. "Mrs. Virginia Lee Harper didn't die at her own hands," Wayne County assistant prosecutor Timothy Kenny told jurors Tuesday in his opening statement at Harper's murder trial. "She died at the hands of the defendant."
December 21, 2006 |
Virginia authorities have launched a substantial review of the state's DNA database after discovering that thousands of felons may have skirted a legal requirement to submit genetic samples, partly because local and state agencies may have failed to make them do so. Public safety and crime lab officials estimate that at least 20% of felons' DNA profiles could be missing from the database, a flaw that could hamper criminal investigations across the state and nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1993 |
It's almost funny that, under existing laws, a successful merchant can't be sure of selling anything legally. If you sell a product for less than your competitors, that's "cutthroat competition" or "dumping." If you sell at the same price, it's "price-fixing." And if you sell for more, that's "monopolistic advantage." Those who promote gun-control have stacked the cards even better. If you buy a handgun that is inexpensive, small and low-caliber, it's a Saturday-night special.
November 15, 1997 |
Virginia jurors, despite expressing fears for their own safety, ruled Friday that Mir Aimal Kasi should die by lethal injection for the murder of a CIA employee near the agency's headquarters almost five years ago. The ruling officially was no more than a recommendation, but Virginia judges usually accept such decisions by their juries. Judge J. Howe Brown Jr., who will announce the sentence Jan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1993
In response to "If Gun Laws Work, Why Are We Afraid?" Column Right, Sept. 20: I begin this letter by pointing out that I am a rock-ribbed conservative Republican. Bill Clinton is a total disaster, California's two senators are sob sisters who never met a social program they didn't like, and this country is in a moral morass. But there is one area where conservatives continually astound me. Namely gun control. Simply put, the best way for America to stem the tide of crime is to completely do away with firearms.