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Archbishop drops lawsuit against satanist group after leader agrees to return consecrated host

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By: Martha Neil

Updated: A Roman Catholic archbishop in Oklahoma City is dropping a lawsuit he filed against a satanist group contending it was in unauthorized possession of a consecrated Eucharistic host. The group had planned to use the blessed bread wafer in a “black Mass” scheduled for next month.

Adam Daniels, who is head of the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Syndicate, told the Wall Street Journal Law Blog on Thursday that he would return the wafer if Archbishop Paul Coakley would drop the lawsuit. “Once the Catholic Church has dropped the lawsuit, they can collect it from my attorney,” he said. “I don’t feel like wasting thousands of dollars fighting over a cookie.” Read the rest of this entry »

Grand Jury To Be Convened In Eric Garner Death Case

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By: Simon McCormack

Supporters of a man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a New York City police officer got one step closer to seeing charges brought against the man they say killed the father of six.

The Staten Island Advance reports:

After a “careful” review of the evidence, Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan announced Tuesday that he will convene a special grand jury to determine whether to levy charges in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

“I have determined that it is appropriate to present evidence regarding the circumstances of [Eric Garner's] death to a Richmond County Grand Jury,” a statement released by Donovan’s office reads. “Yesterday, the Court granted my application for the impaneling of an additional Grand Jury and I intend to utilize that Grand Jury sometime next month to begin presenting evidence on this matter.”

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Man exonerated by own research gets $13M for wrongful conviction in rabbi slaying

By: Martha Neil

Wrongfully convicted of murdering a rabbi in 1994, a high-school dropout who served 16 years before being exonerated due largely to his own pro se legal work from prison has won one of the largest settlements in New York City history.

Now represented by a lawyer, Jabbar Collins, 42, is to get $10 million from the city to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit that was on the verge of trial. A separate state-court lawsuit against New York state was settled last month for $3 million, according to the New York Daily News and the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.).

Attorney Joel Rudin, who represents Collins, says the $13 million total ties the record amount for a wrongfully convicted defendant in New York City, reports the Associated Press. Read the rest of this entry »

Are police in Ferguson violating the Constitution?

By: Debra Cassens Weiss

Another night of confrontations between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, is raising questions about the town’s response to unrest after an officer’s shooting of an unarmed teen.

Police asked protesters to disperse before nightfall and responded to crowds Wednesday night with tear gas, rubber bullets, sonic cannons, smoke bombs and armored trucks, report the New York Times, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Associated Press. Some in the crowd threw objects and Molotov cocktails at the officers, spurring County Police Chief Jon Belmar to say his officers have reacted with incredible restraint. Two reporters—from the Washington Post and the Huffington Post—were arrested in a McDonald’s and released “without charges or an explanation,” the New York Times says. Read the rest of this entry »

Top military court will hear appeal of airman accused of exposing others to HIV

By: Debra Cassens Weiss

The nation’s top military court has agreed to hear the appeal of a Kansas airman sentenced to eight years in prison for exposing others to HIV.

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces will review the evidence against David Gutierrez, a sergeant who was stripped of his rank as a result of the 2011 conviction, the Associated Press reports. He was convicted of aggravated assault, indecent acts and adultery for exposing others to HIV at swinger parties in Wichita, the story says. Read the rest of this entry »

California considers law requiring public colleges to set consent standards for sex

By: Debra Cassens Weiss

Lawmakers in California are considering a law that would require colleges receiving public funds to adopt an “affirmative consent standard” that would be used in investigating and punishing sexual assault allegations.

The bill, known as SB-967, passed the state senate in May. If it becomes law, it would become the first state law to require a consent standard, the Associated Press reports. The bill says consent requires “an affirmative, unambiguous and conscious decision” by each party to engage in sexual activity. Silence or lack of resistance doesn’t constitute consent, and a person who is drunk, drugged, unconscious or asleep would not be able to give consent, according to the standard. Consent must be ongoing, and “can be revoked at any time,” the bill says. Read the rest of this entry »

Judge tosses suit over lawyer’s death, finds no due process right to police investigation

By: Debra Cassens Weiss

A federal magistrate judge in New Mexico has dismissed a lawsuit claiming Albuquerque police failed to properly investigate the death of a civil rights lawyer who frequently sued the police department.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Carmen Garza said there is no federal due process right to a police investigation into a relative’s death and no fundamental constitutional right to know the cause of a family member’s death, theAlbuquerque Journal and the Associated Press report. Garza also said a constitutional claim can’t be asserted on behalf of the lawyer, Mary Han, because an individual’s civil rights can’t be violated after the person has died. Read the rest of this entry »

Woman sends $150K to dating scammer who used photo of Montana’s attorney general

An Indiana woman says she was conned out of $150,000 after falling for a person whose online photo looked just like Montana Attorney General Tim Fox.

The attorney general’s picture, apparently taken from a Facebook page used in his campaign, was used by the scammer to create a fake profile on a dating website, report the Associated Press and MTN News. Read the rest of this entry »

Amnesty International Accuses Nigerian Military Of Committing War Crimes, Claims Videos Show Abuses (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

By: Maram Mazen

Graphic new video footage from northeastern Nigeria shows the country’s military carrying out abuses against civilians as part of their fight against the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, Amnesty International said Tuesday. The international human rights group also accused the military of killing of more than 600 released prisoners. Read the rest of this entry »

Attorney General Holder says sentencing based on predictive data discriminates

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By: Terry Carter

Attorney General Eric Holder says judges rely too much on predictive data in determining criminal sentences, and that it often results in minorities being treated unfairly, theAssociated Press reports. Read the rest of this entry »

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