October 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Two of the Justice Department's key witnesses in last year's terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, were summoned to Capitol Hill this month and grilled for hours in separate legal depositions. Responding to congressional subpoenas, the State Department security agents were asked how the Libyan terrorists stormed the mission and set parts of it on fire, how they were armed and how they killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, sources with knowledge of the matter said.
October 23, 2013 |
Almost 40 years after a brutal slaying launched an investigation culminating in Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's imprisonment, a Connecticut judge reversed his conviction Wednesday, saying the defense attorney had botched the job. And one of America's most notorious cold cases tumbled wide open. Martha Moxley, 15, was stabbed and bludgeoned to death in 1975 in Greenwich, Conn., a posh community about 35 miles northeast of New York City. Skakel, who lived next door at the time, was convicted in 2002 after a friend told authorities Skakel had confessed to him. In a 136-page ruling, Connecticut Judge Thomas Bishop ordered a new trial for Skakel and blasted the efforts of defense attorney Michael Sherman, citing multiple failures.
October 9, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Former Pakistani president and army chief Pervez Musharraf was granted bail Wednesday in a case involving the slaying of a separatist leader, paving the way for an end to his house arrest and possible departure from the country, defense lawyers said. Musharraf, who took power in a 1999 bloodless coup and remained in office until he was forced to step down in 2008, was the first former army chief to be arrested in a country where the military holds inordinate power.
October 2, 2013 |
If Los Angeles County government were a criminal offender , The Times wrote Tuesday in an editorial, corrections officials would say it is in need of a short and swift punishment to get its attention, refocus on reality and consider its options for change. The subject was the second anniversary of AB 109 public safety realignment, and the county's poor decisions on spending and its squandering of opportunities in the legislation to make realignment work with smarter, more efficient use of jail space and community corrections service providers.
September 23, 2013 |
Federal prosecutors tangled in court Monday with defense lawyers for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev over the government's timeline to make a decision on whether to seek the death penalty in the case. Both Tsarnaev's defense attorneys and the U.S. District Attorney for Boston are required to submit information to U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. about whether the government should pursue a capital case against Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty to numerous charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction in the twin bombings that killed three and injured 260 at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15. At Monday's status hearing, the defense said it needed more time to submit its argument against the death penalty.
August 23, 2013 |
It has been five years since a commission made up of prosecutors, defense lawyers, judges and others presented its startling report detailing holes in California's criminal justice system and making recommendations on how to mend them. One of the biggest problems the experts found was dozens of false confessions - assertions by people under interrogation that they had committed crimes when in fact they had not. The same panel reported that some jurisdictions, including some California counties and cities, had successfully responded to the surprisingly common phenomenon.