Is this the end for the death penalty?

Death penalty opponents hold a sign outside the Governor's mansion in Oklahoma City, Jan. 9, 2014.

The death penalty may be on its death bed.

The botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate Tuesday night has temporarily halted planned executions in that state, but the horrifying death of Clayton Locket is only the most recent in a series of executions to illustrate that lethal injection is not a humane alternative to options like the electric chair or firing squad. With crime rates dropping across the U.S., states abolishing capital punishment, and drug companies abandoning the execution market – forcing the creation of secret and unproven drug combinations – the fight to end the death penalty may have reached a tipping point. Continue reading

$5,000 Reward Offered for the Location and Arrest of Matthew Dion

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For Immediate Release Contact:
May 02, 2014 Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White
District of New Hampshire (603) 225-1632
$5,000 Reward Offered for the Location and Arrest of Matthew Dion
Wanted for Possession of Child Pornography & for Questioning in Double Homicide of his parents
NHJFTF LogoConcord, NH – A $5000.00 reward is being offered by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force for information leading to the location and arrest of fugitive, Matthew Thomas Dion. Dion is wanted by the Manchester Police Department on an outstanding arrest warrant for Possession of Child Pornography, as well as for questioning, relating to the arson fire and homicides of Dion’s parents.

Matthew Dion, age 38, was last known to reside in Manchester, NH and his whereabouts have been unknown since March 24th, the day an arson fire destroyed the family home on Mooresville Road. Tragically, after the fire was extinguished, the parents of Matthew Dion were discovered deceased inside the residence. The deaths of Robert and Constance Dion were determined to be homicide. During the extensive crime scene investigation conducted by the Manchester Police Department, some materials belonging to Matthew Dion were discovered and determined to be child pornography, which led to the outstanding arrest warrant for Matthew Dion. Matthew is also wanted for questioning regarding the fire and homicides of his parents.

At the time that Dion disappeared after the fire, he was reportedly driving a 2009, White, 4 Door, Nissan Altima with NH license plate number 341-0587. It is possible that Dion has changed his physical appearance in an effort to conceal his identity. Based on this information, the Marshals Fugitive Task Force through their relationship with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) requested a composite image of Dion be created to show him without facial hair. Attached to this release, you will find several photographs showing different appearances and more detailed photographs of Dion.

Dion could be anywhere across the U.S. or beyond and it is important to remind the public not to attempt to apprehend Dion, but to report any information to the U.S. Marshals Service or their local police To speak with the case agents, Deputy U.S. Marshal Greg Murano or Task Force Officer Daniel Doherty, please call the U.S. Marshals in NH at (603) 225-1632, or call 1-877-WANTED-2, or submit a WEB-TIP, or Send a Text message that begins with NHTIP followed by any information to TIP411.

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 5,523 arrests. These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 7 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.

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“You Have a Case of Insipient Verbal Diarrhea”

Murder defendant’s lawyer asks judge to stop mom from posting about her daughter’s death on Facebook

A lawyer for a murder defendant in South Carolina is asking a judge to order the victim’s mother and other family members to stop posting about the teen’s death on Facebook.

Lawyer Charles Grose represents Michael Beaty Jr., 30, who is accused of strangling 19-year-old Emily Asbill at a June party in Clinton, South Carolina. Last month Grose asked Judge Eugene Griffith Jr. to extend a gag order covering the lawyers to the victim’s mother and other family members, report the Associated Press and the Clinton Chronicle.

Grose said comments by Asbill’s mother, Emily Joy, at a rally in Greenwood and on Facebook could prevent his client from getting a fair trial. His motion includes links to Facebook posts with pictures of Asbill, requests for prayers, and links to stories about domestic violence, AP says. The Greenwood rally was titled “No More Lies & Bruises.” Continue reading

White-collar criminal defense lawyer is shot by man posing as police officer

A Michigan lawyer is in stable condition after he was shot by a man who came to his door and pretended to be a police officer.

David Neil Zacks, 57, was shot Wednesday evening at his Bloomfield Hills home, report the Associated Press, the Detroit News and the Oakland Press. He dialed 911 and was taken to a hospital where he had emergency surgery for his wounds.

Police say they don’t think the shooting was a random act.

Zacks told police the suspect rang his doorbell and said he was a police officer. Zacks refused to let the man enter his home and threatened to call police. The man fired several times as Zacks closed his door. Continue reading

Harvard Law is on list of 55 schools being investigated for sexual-assault policies

By Victor Li

The U.S. Department of Education has released a list of 55 colleges and universities which are being investigated over the way they handle sexual-assault complaints.

This is the first time that the Department of Education has disclosed such a comprehensive list of institutions under investigation for alleged violations of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, reports the New York Times. The law prohibits schools that receive federal funding of discriminating against students by gender. Continue reading

What is the most outrageous thing you have ever heard a witness say on the stand?


By Sarah Mul

We just asked you about the most outrageous thing you’ve heard a lawyer say during opening or closing statements. And we’ve asked you about outrageous juror conduct. This week, we want you to turn your attention to your clients and witnesses: What is the most outrageous thing you have ever heard a witness say on the stand?

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