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Posted: 8:04 PM EST, Tue January 7, 2014 - Updated: 10:42 PM PST, Tue January 7, 2014
North Carolina -- A family sought the police's help dealing with their 18 year old, mentally ill son. Keith Vidal, 18, died Sunday. Seventy seconds was how long a North Carolina family says it took for things to go horribly wrong. The three officers involved were all from different jurisdictions. "There was no reason to shoot this kid," the teen's stepfather, Mark Wilsey, told media sources on Monday. "They killed my son in cold blood. We called for help, and they killed my son."
The incident happened Sunday afternoon when the mother and stepfather of the Boiling Spring Lakes man called police. According to stepbrother Mark Ryan Wilsey, Vidal had schizophrenia and "was having an episode," and his parents wanted police to subdue him so he could get help. According to media sources, Vidal, was just shot 1 minute and 10 seconds after a third law enforcement officer showed up at his Brunswick County home.
"He's not doing very good. You've got to get him someplace," a man who identified himself as Vidal's stepfather said on a 911 call, a copy of which was obtained by media sources. "He wants to fight his mother. ... She's scared to death of him right now."
The caller said that Vidal "won't take his medication" and that his family has had "to put him in before, (and) he's getting real bad again."
"He's just, he's not right," he said.
Two officers arrived and began talking with Vidal, according to media sources. Family members say that the third officer -- who came from a nearby city -- turned what had been an improving situation into an unnecessarily aggressive encounter that ended in their son's death. The situation was relatively calm until a third officer -- a detective from the nearby city of Southport -- arrived, the family said. "Everything was going good," Mark Wilsey said, according to sources. "Then this fat cop from Southport walks in the room, walks around the corner, says, 'We don't have time for this. Tase that kid now. Let's get him out of here.' " The stepfather said Vidal tried to run but was struck with two Taser charges and fell backward. He said the first two officers to respond got on top of Vidal. Local media sources attributed a slightly different accounting of events to Mark Wilsey. In that retelling, the stepfather said officers had pinned Vidal to the ground after he had been tased and one of the officers said, "We don't have time for this" and shot his stepson. Seventy seconds after the third officer arrived, local media sources reported, citing police records, police radioed that they had had to shoot the teenager in self-defense.
Authorities have not released the exact sequence of events, including how and by whom Vidal was shot. A Southport officer has been placed on paid administrative leave in connection with the shooting, Police Chief Jerry Dove said Tuesday. Authorities have declined to say whether he was the officer who shot Vidal. The Brunswick County sheriff's deputy sent to the scene has been "cleared," office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. A review conducted by its Office of Professional Standards found that the deputy did not violate policy, Flax added. Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said the same thing Tuesday of that department's officer, who was the first to arrive on the scene. The department said in a statement that, after an "internal review," it concluded that the Boiling Spring Lakes police officer who responded did not violate department policy or state law.
Although the state Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting, the chief prosecutor for the state's 13th Judicial District, which includes Brunswick County, says it's way too early to characterize what happened. "I think that we can certainly understand why this family is upset right now," the Wilmington media quoted District Attorney Jon David as saying. "They just lost a child, and certainly my thoughts and prayers are with them. But what they want from this office today is justice, and I intend to give them exactly that." Neither the district attorney nor the state Bureau of Investigation returned messages seeking comment Tuesday.
Mark Ryan Wilsey, who was not at the house but rushed there in an "absolute panic" and claimed that police restrained him, said his family is outraged by what happened and determined to get justice. "We want the truth to be out there," he said. "We don't want the good ole cops system to play out something that ain't the truth."
Anthony Owens, whom Mark Ryan Wilsey described as a good friend of the family's, described Vidal as a slight young man who was never violent despite his mental illness. "All he wanted to do was play drums," Owens said. "He was so awesome." Owens said the incident highlights the need for more understanding and awareness of mental illness. "I was devastated by the news and am desperate to find some kind of good that could come from this horrible situation," Owens said.
The late teen's stepbrother said he did everything with Vidal -- hunting, fishing, sports and more -- describing him as a "good kid." "He was my little buddy," Mark Ryan Wilsey said. Mark Ryan Wilsey offered a similar sentiment, saying his family hopes to start a foundation to help the mentally ill like Vidal. "We're uniting together, and we're going to make this go public," he said of the family's collaboration with Owens. "Because the way my brother got treated ain't right."
Posted: 1:08 PM EST, Mon January 6, 2014 | Updated: January 7, 2014, 12:15 a.m. PST
(WCJB) -- Colleen LaRose, known as "Jihad Jane," was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison, a clerk for the judge in the case said.
Judge Petrese B. Tucker included the four years LaRose has already been in jail, meaning she has six left to serve.
Authorities say LaRose called herself "Jihad Jane" on YouTube. In 2009, she was indicted on four counts, including conspiring to support terrorists and kill someone overseas. She was allegedly part of a plot to murder Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who outraged some by depicting the prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog in 2007.
Posted: 01/07/2014 01:02:02 AM MST | Updated: January 7, 2014, 12:15 a.m. PST
“Busted, ... Again!”
Denver, CA -- Two Denver police officers fired for lying about their involvement in a videotaped beating outside a LoDo bar have appealed their terminations to a District Court judge, the latest development in a disciplinary case that remains unresolved more than four years later.
The city's Civil Service Commission ruled last month that Officer Devin Sparks and Cpl. Randy Murr should stay off the job. A District Court judge now must determine whether the commission overstepped its bounds in doing so. An attorney representing the officers filed the appeal Monday afternoon.
Sparks and Murr were accused of inappropriate force in arresting Michael DeHerrera in April 2009 and lying about it. The incident began when DeHerrera and his friend were arrested outside a LoDo nightclub. A city surveillance camera captured what happened next. The friend, handcuffed and surrounded by officers, lay facedown on the street while DeHerrera stood several feet away on the sidewalk, talking to his father on his cellphone. Sparks is seen approaching him, grabbing him and throwing him down. Sparks slams the door on DeHerrera's ankle while placing him in a squad car.
Then-Safety Manager Ron Perea suspended the officers, but the light punishment sparked a public outcry that led police to reopen the investigation. The officers were then fired, reinstated and fired again before appealing to a civil service hearing panel, which upheld Sparks' termination but reversed Murr's.
The city and Sparks each appealed that ruling to the full commission, which said both officers lied and were rightly fired. Video footage of the incident did not support the officers' claims that the force used was necessary because DeHerrera took a swing and tried to hit Sparks. They have said the video did not show their perceptions of the encounter.
It will likely be months before the judge issues a decision in the latest appeal.
City Attorney Scott Martinez acknowledged receipt of the appeal and said "we look forward to resolving the matter."
The officers' attorney, was unavailable for comment.
Posted: January 5, 2014, 7:45 p.m. | Updated: January 6, 2014, 11:45 p.m. PST
“The Chosen One!”
New York City -- A funeral for a Hasidic Jewish man who was kidnapped and killed as the biggest snowstorm of the year hit New York City, drew thousands of mourners this weekend.
Menachem Stark, 39, was kidnapped Thursday night in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn as frigid cold and a growing storm gripped New York.
Surveillance video showed two suspects grab Stark just outside his office and put him into a light-colored Dodge Caravan minivan. According to media sources in New York, Stark was leaving his office around 11:30 p.m. when he was taken.
When he didn't return home, his family first called a volunteer patrol in their neighborhood and then the New York Police Department two hours later.
Stark's partially burned body was found Friday afternoon approximately 17 miles away in a gas station dumpster in Great Neck, Long Island.
Stark's brother, Isidore Stark, told media sources they had "no clues" for why this might have happened and said the members of Stark's family, including his seven children, were "very heartbroken, in mourning."
On Saturday night thousands of mourners from the tight-knit Hasidic Jewish community braved the frigid New York weather to pay respects to Stark's family.
Police told media sources the investigation was ongoing.
Posted: January 6, 2014, 7:45 p.m. | Updated: January 6, 2014, 8:45 p.m. PST
Seattle, WA -- Former teacher Mary Kay Letourneau (leh-TUR'-noh), who made headlines after she had sex with her 12-year-old student, has been arrested and briefly jailed in an unrelated Seattle-area case.
Media sources reported she was arrested Sunday night and booked into the King County Jail early Monday for failing to appear in court for a suspended driver's license case. The jail register showed she was released Monday afternoon.
The suburban Seattle teacher became tabloid fodder in the 1990s when she was convicted of raping the sixth-grade boy when she was 34. She served a prison sentence and then married her former student, Vili Fualaau (VEE'-lee foo-lah-OW'), in 2005 when he was 22.
Posted: January 5, 2014, 7:45 p.m. | Updated: January 5, 2014, 9:45 p.m. PST
TUCSON, AZ — A federal judge, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, has given opponents of Arizona's sweeping anti-illegal-immigration law access to emails, letters and memos between supporters of SB 1070 and legislators to see whether there are racial overtones in the messages. Challengers to SB 1070 called Bolton's ruling a victory because their lawsuit was based partly on allegations that legislators meant to discriminate against Latinos and other people of color. If so, the challengers argue, the law could violate the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Arizona's immigration enforcement law is considered the toughest state law against illegal immigration in the country. SB 1070, which Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law in 2010, contained several measures intended to give local law enforcement more power to detain people who were in the country illegally. Both inside and outside Arizona, the measure generated scorn as well as praise, with some states using it as a model for their own immigration laws.
In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key provisions of SB 1070 but allowed the most controversial portion to take effect: Arizona can compel law enforcement officials in most circumstances to check the status of someone they stop for lawful reasons if they suspect the person is in the country illegally. Immigrant rights activists filed suit and have been battling in court since to have the provision blocked, claiming that the Arizona Legislature intended to discriminate against Latinos and other minorities.
In late December (2013) the attorneys for two anti-illegal-immigration groups, the Federation for American Immigration Reform and the Immigration Reform Law Institute, filed a motion for the decision's reconsideration, which will probably bring the issue back before the same judge. The judge's order applies to emails from the two groups to legislators, as well as replies.
Judge Susan Bolton, presiding in Phoenix in December (2013) rejected arguments made by two of the law's supporters, who maintained that communications sent to lawmakers who created and supported SB 1070 were confidential. Bolton's ruling covers more than just the communications about SB 1070. Challengers also want to see emails, letters and memos related to the creation of earlier immigration measures.
Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform and chairman of the board at the Immigration Reform Law Institute, criticized the decision, calling it an "invidious fishing expedition."
"It's broad and vastly intrusive and interferes with our 1st Amendment liberties to interact with public officials," Stein said. Bolton rejected such arguments.
In the Dec. 11 ruling, she said there was nothing in the "law that protects from public view communications with public officials in their official capacity about a matter of public concern. Indeed, Arizona law makes all such communications available to the public under its freedom of information law." She did not set a deadline for turning over the emails.
Victor Viramontes, senior legal counsel with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said the law's opponents subpoenaed communications that specifically mention certain words, including "day laborer," "alien," "Hispanic," "Mexican" and "wetback."
"We'll be looking for any kind of explicit derogatory depictions of Latinos," Viramontes said. "Anything with racial overtones with regards to Latinos or Mexicans and any kind of communication that suggests the true reason this law was passed, to target and discriminate against Latinos."
Posted: 2:35 PM EST, Sat January 4, 2014 | Updated: 2:35 AM PST, Sun. January 5, 2014
“Doctors of Gospel!”
Michigan -- A 30-year-old Michigan doctor who has been missing for almost a month was accused in September of stalking gospel artist Marvin Sapp, court records show.
Teleka Patrick failed to show up for work in Kalamazoo on December 6. The night before, police 100 miles south in Indiana found her car abandoned in a ditch off busy Interstate 94.
Sapp, who has been nominated for eight Grammys, filed a personal protection order against her, in which he complains that Patrick "has claimed him as her husband, had moved from California to Michigan, joined his church, had contacted his children and had been to his home.
"I have at least 400 pages of correspondence from her which I have never responded," his complaint reads.
Patrick's family recognized that questions have arisen regarding the missing woman's mental health, but said the focus must remain on finding her.
"We are aware of media reports that are beginning to focus on Teleka's mental health, and while we encourage the pursuit of honest journalism and truth, we will not take part in sensationalizing Teleka's disappearance," the family said in a statement on Facebook.
Posted: 01/04/2014 3:05 pm EST | Updated: 01/04/2014 6:57 pm PST
“Doctors & Cops!”
Houston, TX -- A Texas police chief is being sued in federal court for allegedly harassing the husband of a woman with whom he purportedly fathered a son.
Kyle City Police Chief Jeff Barnett (pictured above, center) allegedly “abused his authority and connections in January 2012 by having Dr. Glen Hurlston arrested for domestic violence soon after Barnett left his position as police chief in the North Texas town of Princeton,” according to the lawsuit filed December 27 in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas.
Barnett has been Kyle Police Chief since May, 2011. Prior to that, he served as chief of police for the City of Princeton, Texas, since 2005.
In the suit, Hurlston, who is chief of anesthesia at Byrd Regional Hospital of Leesville, La., alleged that Barnett ordered his officers to conduct a “campaign of harassment” against him, which included an arrest in January 2012. The suit notes that a Jan. 1, 2012 domestic battery abuse arrest pressed by the chief against the doctor was reduced to a misdemeanor, to which he plead no contest.
The suit alleges that Hurlston was threatened with arrest if “he showed his face” in Collin County, “making it difficult to exercise his visitation rights.”
Hurlston told media sources that he filed the civil rights suit against the cities of Kyle and Princeton as well as Barnett and other officers.
“It is a very complicated case… it involves up to 15 characters, and it involves two states,” said Hurlston.
“My client is seeking whatever penal damages that will ensue… he just wants authorities to acknowledge that his civil rights have been violated,” Hurlston’s attorney told media sources. “He has spent the last two years trying to retrieve public records dating back to 2009 that might implicate Chief Barnett.”
Kyle is supporting its chief of police. In a statement, the city attorney said “that this lawsuit, as it relates to the City of Kyle, is without merit, substance or viability. The city stands behind and supports Chief Barnett during this difficult time for him and his family.” A spokesman for the chief said he would not comment on the suit.
Media sources were not able to reach Hurlston’s estranged wife, Suzanne, for comment on the allegations. The two have a 5-year-old girl and a 3-year-old son.
Hurlston said that he and his wife split in January 2012 and are in the process of getting a divorce after being married since August 2007. “We are currently moving our divorce case from Texas to Louisiana,” Hurlston told media sources.
Posted: 01/03/2014 3:05 pm EST | Updated: 01/04/2014 1:19 am PST
“Freed of Sin!”
Eureka, CA -- Father Eric Freed, 56, was beaten to death in the rectory of the church. Police said there were signs of a struggle and forced entry. None of his friends knows exactly what happened on New Year's Day at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Eureka, the church Freed served. So what happened? Why did such a well-liked man become a victim of such an ugly and brutal crime?
The cops arrested Gary Lee Bullock, 43, in the killing. Picked up earlier on New Year's Eve day on public intoxication charges, Bullock had been seen around the church that night. Deputies say they had arrested Bullock in Garberville, 70 miles south of Eureka, earlier on Dec. 31. After wrestling with deputies at the hospital, he was booked into jail and -- no longer drunk -- discharged at 12:43 a.m.
A couple of hours later, he was spotted near the church, and police referred him to a homeless shelter. Still later, a guard at Freed's church told a man matching Bullock's description to leave the premises.
Posted: 01/03/2014 3:05 pm EST | Updated: 01/04/2014 1:19 am PST
“Meth & Child Sex!”
Elk City, Okla. -- Natalie Lynn Webb, 30 (pictured above, center) an Oklahoma mother, faces serious charges after authorities say she sexually abused her children in the presence of other adults. Webb was arrested in Elk City, Okla., and charged with sexual abuse of children under 12, and child neglect. Police said she abused three of her children from December 2012 to March 2013. In interviews with police, Webb denied sexually molesting her children. Webb told authorities that she often took methamphetamine and sold it out of her house; the 9-year-old described seeing needles around the house. Webb admitted to authorities that she sometimes traded her food stamps for meth.
A Dec. 18, 2013 police affidavit, obtained by media sources, contains accounts of repeated rapes, beatings and deplorable living conditions through interviews with Webb and her children. Along with the allegations of sexual abuse, the children told investigators that they were often subjected to beatings and being thrown against a wall over and over again. Webb's 9-year-old son told investigators that his 8-year-old brother and two 3-year-old sisters were repeatedly raped by their mother as other men and women looked on, according to the document. The boy told police that he saw his sisters resist as their mother dragged them into a room, then he could hear his sisters screaming and crying. Police also wrote that the boy told them he saw his mother using a foreign object in the abuse and that people may have paid his mother to watch the abuse.
One of Webb's 3-year-old daughters corroborated her brother's interview, telling investigators that it felt "nasty" when she was being molested, according to the affidavit. "[The child] said these things would happen lots of times. He thinks when mom took the needles it would make her act different ... she would act weird and... her arm would have little dots where it was bleeding," the affidavit says.
The 9-year-old said he also saw his brother being abused, but was able to avoid being sexually abused himself by running and hiding in a dumpster. "[The 9-year-old] said his mom would not feed them and he would have to find stuff and cook it in the microwave or pop tarts and stuff," the affidavit reads. "If there was nothing [the children] would just scavenge the floor. On the floor they would find crumbs or cookies that were there from a week ago."
During past interviews included in the affidavit, she demanded to take a polygraph test to prove that she had not sexually molested her children. In late November, Webb told officer Steve Bonds, of the Beckham County Sheriff's Office, that she did not want to talk with the polygraph examiner after the examiner told her she failed the test. "Somebody hurt 'em," Webb said to Bonds. "I'm supposed to protect my kids."
"Natalie, you didn't," Bonds replied.
According to the affidavit, Webb has past felony convictions for child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance, along with misdemeanor convictions of unlawful possession of paraphernalia, bogus checks and unauthorized use of a credit card.
Webb is due in Beckham County Court Jan. 6 for a preliminary hearing, and is being held on a $2 million bond. Her four children now live with their grandparents.
Posted: 01/03/2014 10:50 am EST | Updated: 01/03/2014 1:50 am PST
Arizona -- Anthony James Marotta, 26 (pictured above, center) a corrections officer in Arizona, rang in the new year behind bars after he was allegedly caught having sex with an inmate while on duty. Marotta was collared on New Year's Eve in Goodyear, Ariz., after another inmate reported the romp, The Arizona media reports. Marotta is accused of receiving oral sex from an unnamed female inmate in the back of a vehicle.
The witness told investigators that she was driving a transportation vehicle at the Arizona State Prison Complex on Dec. 24 when she looked in the rearview mirror and saw Marotta and the other inmate in the back, according to media sources. The statement provided enough probable cause to arrest Marotta on sex-crime charges.
Marotta immediately resigned and allegedly admitted to the sex act, as well as another one in November, sources reports.
He's being held on $15,000 bond.
Posted: 01/03/2014 4:21 pm EST | Updated: 01/04/2014 1:29 am PST
Nevada -- O.J. Simpson has reportedly asked President Obama to set him free so he can treat his life-threatening brain cancer outside prison. In a story not published online but cited by various outlets including national and international sources, Simpson is taking desperate measures to secure clemency after undergoing tests on a brain tumor. The magazine quotes "a source close to" Simpson who said, "He put off the doctors for weeks after he first started experiencing the symptoms because he was afraid of what they would find."
The 66-year-old has been in a Nevada prison since 2008, serving a 33-year sentence for assault, robbery and kidnapping.
The Washington media reports that Simpson's health has been deteriorating for years. "He’s gained weight since his imprisonment, and also suffers from blurred vision, stuttering and failing hearing," according to the paper. Another source has sounded the alarm about Simpson's medical issues before. Six months ago, the magazine reported that the former football star had a severe case of diabetes.
Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman on October 3, 1995.
Posted: Jan 3 2014 9:20 PM EST | Updated: Jan 4 2014 3:33 AM PST
Queens, New York -- Former G-Unit rapper Mazaradi Fox, 42 (pictured above, center) who was born Jamal Green, was shot and killed in Queens, New York, on Friday (January 3, 2014), while sitting in a car. The shooting occurred at approximately 4:10 p.m. at the corner of Farmers Boulevard and 133rd Avenue. The shooter pulled up to a white SUV Fox was sitting in and let off multiple shots that struck the rapper. Fox, stumbled out of the vehicle and collapsed; it appears that he was pronounced dead on the scene. At least three other people were also wounded, according to a New York Media source. The other three surviving victims were all rushed to Jamaica Hospital with bullet wounds, and one of the men is reportedly in critical condition.
The shooter, who was wearing a black ski mask, fled the scene in a separate vehicle, according to reports.
Fox is most known for his past affiliation with 50 Cent, he was signed to the rapper's G-Unit record label in 2007 and appeared on a number of mixtape tracks with members of 50 Cents' crew. He never put out an official album with the label, and the deal dissolved in 2008. Even though they severed their business ties, 50 helped Fox pay for the funeral of D'aja Robinson, whom he helped raise, after she was tragically gunned down on a Queens, New York public bus in May 2013.
"Saddened by the news of Mazaradi's tragic passing my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends," 50 Cents messaged on Twitter after the news broke.
Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014, 8:44 PM | Updated: Saturday, January 4, 2014, 4:05 AM PST
Dallas, TX -- Michael Edward Schmidt, 47 (pictured above, center) a prominent Dallas lawyer, ended up shot dead by police early Thursday. The bizarre chain of events began when Michael Edward Schmidt, 47, told an employee at the Glass House by Windsor apartment tower that he’d been burglarized about 1:45 a.m. Police say he lured cops to his Tony apartment building with the fake report of a burglary, barricaded himself in a hallway and fired on officers. When officers arrived, the found Schmidt barricaded in a hallway near the lobby. He unleashed a barrage of bullets. Officers attempted to negotiate with him before he stepped out again and was cut down and killed.
The personal injury attorney was well-known for winning a $10.5 million settlement for the family of a woman hit and killed by a drunk driver outside a strip club in 2011. He had worked at The Schmidt Firm, founded by his father C.L. Schmidt, since graduating from law school in 1992, according to News reports.
The father of four had recently divorced his wife of more than 20 years and may have been taking a combination of prescription drugs that caused him to “snap,” media sources reported. The kids were over for dinner earlier that night, and at least one of the children, an 11-year-old girl, was staying at Schmidt’s apartment when the deadly shootout occurred. “We are very, very thankful that she is OK,” Susan McMordie, Schmidt’s former mother-in-law, told media sources. “It could have gone all sorts of ways. You never know about this type of stuff.”
“It’s very shocking in the way that it happened,” McMordie told the source. “He was such a sweet guy. Even though he and my daughter are divorced, he couldn’t have been nicer to us. He was a very generous person, and he just had some problems along the way.”
Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014, 2:30 AM EST | Updated: Sunday, January 5, 2014, 7:26 PM PST
"The fact that an undocumented immigrant's presence in this country violates federal statutes is not itself a sufficient or persuasive basis for denying undocumented immigrants, as a class, admission to the State Bar."
-- Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, California Supreme Court
SAN FRANCISCO — A Mexican immigrant without a green card on Thursday won the right to practice law in California, an unprecedented ruling that will permit others in similar circumstances to become lawyers.
The state Supreme Court agreed unanimously that Sergio C. Garcia — who passed the bar examination four years ago — should receive a law license while awaiting federal approval of his green card application. The court, which has the final word on licensing lawyers, said it was able to approve Garcia's admission to the State Bar because the Legislature had passed a law last year that cleared the way.
"The fact that an undocumented immigrant's presence in this country violates federal statutes is not itself a sufficient or persuasive basis for denying undocumented immigrants, as a class, admission to the State Bar," Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote for the court.
The ruling was the first of its kind in the country. Decisions in similar cases are pending in New York and Florida, and immigrant-rights advocates predicted the California ruling would ease the way for others seeking a law career.
The Legislature acted after the justices in a September hearing indicated that federal rules required that they deny Garcia, 36, a law license.
According to a 1996 federal law, states may not award public benefits to immigrants who lack legal status unless legislatures specifically approve exemptions. The state law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in October provided that exemption for law licenses.
Gov. Jerry Brown also signed legislation in October 2013 that grants drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants, while a number of gun control measures are pending approval.
The driving permits will be available starting in 2015. Legislative analysis predicts that 1.4 million undocumented immigrants will apply for the license.
Legal driving privilege is the latest in a number of victories for illegal immigrants in California. A 2011 law gave them the right to apply for public financial aid for college. Another gave driving permits to undocumented workers permitted under federal law.
Brown held off signing the licensing legislation for years, saying it was a patchwork solution to the larger problem of immigration law, which he’d hoped Congress would tackle. That didn’t happen, clearly, so he opted to sign Assembly Bill 60, authored by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville). AB 60 requires the license carry a mark distinguishing it from a regular one.
The Attorney who represented the State Bar in its efforts to admit Garcia, called Thursday's decision "a landmark case in favor of inclusiveness."
Updated: 8:07 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 | Posted: 8:07 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013
SAN ANTONIO, TX — A San Antonio woman is headed to federal prison for 28 years after pleading guilty to recording herself having sex with her 3-year-old son and sending the video to a former boyfriend.
Kimberly Epperson's sentence Friday came after the 25-year-old agreed to a plea deal that set her punishment between 15 and 30 years for one count of production of child pornography.
Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery told Epperson she'd made a "sacrificial lamb" of her son who would have a lifetime of his own to remember the abuses.
Prosecutors say Epperson and ex-boyfriend Wade Perkins had "used" the boy multiple times over weeks. Perkins was sentenced in October to 30 years. The San Antonio media reports Epperson's attorney said she'd been manipulated by Perkins.
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Description: On the third anniversary of the crime, the Boston Phoenix published a definitive account of how Boston Police used electronic sleuthing -- including IP addresses, cell-phone tower triangulation, and a subpoena of Markoff's Facebook account -- to hunt the killer. This interview is among a slew of documents and recordings being released into the public record for the first time.