A 57-year-old Texas man cleared this week of raping a teen girl in 1990 told reporters that he was only able to cope with being branded a guilty man because of his "father God," and expressed the conviction that God had been working behind the scenes all along to bring him justice.
After prosecutors found evidence showing that Michael Phillips, currently wheelchair-bound, was not the one who raped a 16-year-old girl more than two decades ago, a judge ruled on Friday that the Dallas man should be exonerated. The new evidence was based on DNA testing, which Phillips did not request, but which Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins pursued through his Conviction Integrity Unit.
"My father God that got me through this. That's all I got to say," Phillips told reporters during the court appearance. "That speaks for itself. Pick up His book, it's truthful … see you through anything." more >>
A gay Wichita, Kansas man who was trying to adopt a 10-month-old girl with his partner was arrested on suspicion of aggravated child endangerment Thursday when the infant died after he forgot that he had left her and another child inside his car in scorching 90-degree weather.
Wichita police and the state are now trying to piece together why this tragedy happened and why the men didn't realize the children were missing for so long.
An NBC News report says Seth Michael Jackson, 29, and his 26-year-old partner Payton Schroeder were in the process of adopting the 10-month-old girl known as Anna, and Kadylak, when the girl died helplessly in the car. more >>
If you've always wanted the honor of being called a doctor officially, the Abundant Life Bible College and Theological Seminary in Stuart, Florida is promising to give you just that for a small donation of $85. You better hurry though, this fire sale only lasts until the end of August.
"I am here to talk to you about our honorary degree program which I know will be a blessing to you and what I have here is a sample of our honorary doctorate degree. Take a look for yourself," explained the college's president and Chancellor Archbishop Derrick Young, proudly posing with a sample of the precious degree in a Socialcam video posted on Twitter. "We are running a special right now for $85."
And if you are wondering about the school's credentials, Young assures that the school has been in operation for more than eight years and has been fully accredited by the State of Florida as well as other agencies. more >>
A psychiatric patient opened fire at and killed a caseworker and then grazed a psychiatrist at a suburban medical complex in Pennsylvania before the doctor pulled out his own gun and shot the assailant, preventing him from possibly killing many others.
The psychiatrist, Dr. Lee Silverman, shot the gun-wielding patient, identified as Richard Plotts, several times after he shot the caseworker in the face and fired several shots at the doctor himself at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Yeadon near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, according to The Associated Press.
Guns are banned at the 204-bed community teaching hospital. more >>
A Miami-Dade County judge Friday overturned Florida's ban on same-sex marriage in a decision that applies only to that county. While this is the second county that struck down the state's ban this month, marriage licenses will not be issued so that the rulings can be appealed.
Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel agreed with last week's ruling by Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia, saying the 2008 constitutional amendment approved by the state's voters violates the right to equal protection under the law guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment, according to The Associated Press.
"Preventing couples from marrying solely on the basis of their sexual orientation serves no governmental interest," Zabel wrote in her 36-page ruling. "It serves only to hurt, to discriminate, to deprive same-sex couples and their families of equal dignity, to label and treat them as second-class citizens, and to deem them unworthy of participation in one of the fundamental institutions of our society." more >>
New videos surfaced Friday that could debunk the claims of Democrats who say that the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," did not intend to deny insurance subsidies in the states that did not set up their own health care exchanges. The finding could lead courts to prevent millions from getting health insurance and to an unraveling of the new health care law, without a legislative fix.
Two federal courts offered separate opinions this week on whether the ACA does not allow health insurance subsidies in states that did not set up their own health care exchange. A D.C. Appeals Court panel sided with Republicans in finding that the plain language of the ACA does not allow subsidies to go to states where the federal government, rather than the state government, set up the health care exchange. A Fourth Circuit panel sided with the Democrats in finding that the law never intended to deny the subsidies in federal exchanges, even if the language of the law suggests that is the case.
"It's absurd to think that Congress intended those subsidies be available only in the state exchanges," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a Monday press conference after those court decisions. more >>