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Bloody arrest of black student leads to investigation

Bloodied U of Va. studentThe governor of Virginia has ordered the Virginia State Police to investigate the bloody arrest of a black third-year student at the University of Virginia by Alcoholic Beverage Control agents.

Martese Johnson, 20, a member of the Honor Committee at the Charlottesville school, was arrested around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday and charged with public intoxication and obstruction of justice, according to student newspaper The Cavalier Daily and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.


Former Texas DA admits He Sent Innocent Man To Prison For 25 Yrs; Gets 10 Days In Jail

Texas prosecutor guilty of misconductWe previously discussed the case of former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson who committed various prosecutorial abuses to secure the imprisonment of Michael Morton (shown here), now 58, an innocent man who spent 25 years in jail. This includes a disscussion this weekend on the blog.

He has now pleaded guilty and will received just 10 days in jail as part of his settlement.

Ken Anderson was a judge in Williamson County, Texas and constitutes a relatively rare case where a former prosecutor is actually called to account for such misconduct.


Police: 6 shot, 1 dead in Mesa, Ariz., shootings

Arizona shooting kills 6A gunman shot six people, killing at least one Wednesday morning in Mesa, Ariz. The shooter is still on the loose and police are actively searching for him, according to a Mesa Police Department source.

Police are looking for a white man in his 40s with a neck tattoo, wearing a gray shirt and black shorts or pants.

Police could be seen searching cars and buildings in the area.


Controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio admits to contempt of court, accepts civil sanctions

Sheriff ArpaioControversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his chief deputy Gerald Sheridan accepted civil sanctions for contempt of court on Tuesday.

U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow ordered a federal court hearing for April in connection to issues including Arpaio's failure to comply with court orders to stop immigration enforcement operations, according to KJZZ.


How the FBI Created a Terrorist

How the FBI created a terroristIn the video, Sami Osmakac is tall and gaunt, with jutting cheekbones and a scraggly beard. He sits cross-legged on the maroon carpet of the hotel room, wearing white cotton socks and pants that rise up his legs to reveal his thin, pale ankles. An AK-47 leans against the closet door behind him. What appears to be a suicide vest is strapped to his body. In his right hand is a pistol.

“Recording,” says an unseen man behind the camera.

“This video is to all the Muslim youth and to all the Muslims worldwide,” Osmakac says, looking straight into the lens. “This is a call to the truth. It is the call to help and aid in the party of Allah … and pay him back for every sister that has been raped and every brother that has been tortured and raped.”


U.S. Presbyterian Church close to accepting same-sex marriage

US Presbyterian church okays gay marriageThe U.S. Presbyterian Church was close on Tuesday to approving a change in the wording of its constitution to include same-sex marriage, a move which threatens to further splinter one of the largest U.S. mainline Protestant denominations.

The 171 regional "presbyteries" or local leadership bodies of the church have been voting on whether to change the wording to call marriage a contract "between a woman and a man" to being "between two people, traditionally a man and a woman."


Christian charities preach helping the less fortunate, unless you're gay

christian charitiesFundraiser bake sales for the homeless are allowed at Andrews University – as long as the homeless aren’t LGBT kids.

A planned bake sale had to be abruptly cancelled last week, after student members of the unofficial LGBT group, AULL4One, were told they couldn’t raise money on campus for a Chicago-based homeless organization, Project Fierce, because the western Michigan university felt the charity didn’t align with its mission.


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