March 31, 2012 |
More than a thousand protesters converged in the streets of Sanford, Fla., on Saturday to demand the arrest of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Civil-rights organizers from the NAACP and other groups kicked off the march at about 11 a.m. in one of the city's historic black neighborhoods; they proceeded from there to the Sanford police headquarters, the Orlando Sentinel reported . The march is the latest in a series of demonstrations sparked by the Feb. 26 killing of the black teenager and the Police Department's subsequent refusal to press charges against Zimmerman.
March 28, 2012 |
SANFORD, Fla. -- For many Americans, George Zimmerman has become the face of barbarous vigilante justice. For Olivia Bertalan, he was the face of compassion - a neighbor of consummate graciousness and low-key gallantry. Roughly six months before Zimmerman shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in his gated Florida townhouse complex, he was standing in Bertalan's doorway, asking what he could do to help her. A group of young men had just broken into Bartalan's townhouse as she and her infant cowered in a locked bedroom.
March 27, 2012 |
The special prosecutor investigating the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer pleaded with the public Tuesday to give her team the time it needs to uncover the truth. Angela B. Corey, a veteran prosecutor, said she is well aware of the public's demands for answers in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in what has become a racially charged case triggering nationwide outrage. "We stepped into this case Thursday night," Corey told The Times.
March 27, 2012 |
The parents of slain teenager Trayvon Martin took their call for justice for their son to Capitol Hill on Tuesday as the special prosecutor appointed to the case asked that the political temperature be lowered so that she can properly investigate the Florida shooting. State special prosecutor Angela B. Corey, who was named last week by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to take over the case from local officials, said her team of investigators needed time to do its job. Corey said her investigation could possibly result in state charges that bypass the need for the Seminole County grand jury, which is scheduled to convene April 10 to hear the case.
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March 26, 2012 |
Henry S. Ruth Jr., who served a year as Watergate special prosecutor after Archibald Cox was fired and Leon Jaworski resigned, died in Tucson on March 16 after a stroke, his wife, Deborah Mathieu, said. He was 80. Ruth investigated organized crime for the Justice Department before joining the Watergate investigation in 1973 as Cox's chief deputy. When Cox was fired later that year during the infamous Saturday Night Massacre, Ruth rallied the staff and preserved the evidence they had collected in the corruption probe that ultimately led to President Nixon's resignation in 1974.
August 24, 2011 |
Dominique Strauss-Kahn looked considerably better leaving a Manhattan courthouse Tuesday than he did three months ago when he first arrived in police custody, tired and disheveled, to face charges that he tried to rape a hotel housekeeper. This time the French political leader was smiling, even looking like he had lost a few pounds, in a dark-blue suit and striped tie. His wife and legal team were also all smiling: Strauss-Kahn was a free man and, as he later told French reporters, "in a hurry to get home.
November 9, 2010 |
The CIA officers who destroyed videotapes of harsh interrogations will not be charged with crimes, the Justice Department said Tuesday, but a special prosecutor continues to investigate whether treatment of Al Qaeda detainees crossed the legal line. Jose A. Rodriguez, a 30-year CIA veteran who headed the agency's clandestine service, ordered his staff in November 2005 to destroy tapes of the interrogations of accused terrorists Abu Zubaydah and Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, against the advice of agency lawyers, according to a former CIA official involved in the matter.
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February 16, 2010 |
Kenneth Starr, the former special prosecutor who took on President Clinton over the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky scandals, will be leaving his post as dean of Pepperdine University School of Law this spring to become president of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, the schools announced Monday. Starr has headed the Malibu law school since 2004. During his West Coast tenure, he also represented the supporters of Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, during a challenge before the California Supreme Court last year.
August 3, 2009 |
In Colorado, judges don't simply have the power to send people to prison. In rare circumstances, they can also decide whether a person should be charged as a criminal -- a rarely invoked authority upon which two cases now hinge. Under a 19th century state law, obscure until recently, two judges have been asked to decide whether four men should be tried in rape and murder cases.