Lee Rigby murderer Michael Adebolajo will die in prison after having appeal attempt quashed


By: Lizzie Dearden

Michael Adebolajo, one of two Islamic extremists who butchered Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich, will die behind bars after an attempt to challenge his sentence was quashed.The murder’s application for leave to appeal his whole-life sentence was rejected by Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas today.  Sitting at the Court of Appeal in London with Lady Justice Hallett and Mr Justice Openshaw, he threw out arguments made by Adebolajo’s legal team.

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Washington man accused of making Facebook threats against Darren Wilson


By: Victoria Cavaliere

A Washington state man was arrested on Tuesday on charges he made multiple online death threats against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, federal officials said.  Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar, 46, of the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, made an initial appearance in federal court on Tuesday to face three counts of making interstate threats, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington. Continue reading

St. Louis police backtrack after claiming NFL team apologized for ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ gesture


By: Arturo Garcia

The St. Louis Police Department backtracked late Monday night from reports saying that the NFL’s St. Louis Rams had apologized for five team members displaying the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” protest gesture during a game on Sunday. Continue reading

Supreme Court to consider Facebook threats case


By: Sam Hananel

The Supreme Court is weighing the free-speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other social media.  The justices will hear arguments Monday in the case of a man who was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for posting graphically violent rap lyrics on Facebook about killing his estranged wife, shooting up a kindergarten class and attacking an FBI agent.  Anthony Elonis of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, says he was just venting his anger over a broken marriage and never meant to threaten anyone. Continue reading

Supreme Court decision will come down to how justices interpret Eminem lyrics


By: Lawrence Hurley

A case before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning threats that a Pennsylvania man made toward his estranged wife and others on Facebook could hinge on how the nine justices interpret the sometimes violent imagery in rap lyrics.The justices, not known for their pop culture bona fides, are set on Monday to hear a one-hour oral argument in an appeal filed by Anthony Elonis. He was convicted for making threats aimed at his wife, law enforcement officers and others after posting statements on Facebook in 2010 soon after his wife left him. They are now divorced. Continue reading

Supreme Court to Decide if Violent Threats on Facebook are Free Speech or Criminal Acts


By: Noel Brinkerhoff

The U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing a case next week on whether violence-laden posts on Facebook constitute protected free speech or criminal acts that deserve prosecution.  Elonis v. United States stems from the conviction of Anthony Elonis, who served more than three years in prison for posting messages using rap-style prose to his wife Tara on Facebook that she took as threats. He was convicted under a federal law that prohibits the use of interstate communications of threats to harm individuals. In one post, Elonis indicated his desire to shoot Tara despite a court order requiring him to stay away. Continue reading

Divorce: 8 Signs You Need a Lawyer

Divorce: 8 Signs You Need a Lawyer

By: Paula Lennon

Takeaway: Some couples can divide amicably and fairly. Many can’t, and that’s where they get into trouble.

So, the life-changing words “I want a divorce” have just been uttered – or texted, instant messaged or emailed. Whether this statement came totally out of the blue or felt inevitable, the question for you, the soon to be divorced ex, is “What do I do now?”

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