A U.S. court has awarded $330 million to Shurat HaDin, or Israel Law Center, on behalf of the U.S.-based family of Rev. Kim Dong-Shik, a Christian missionary and activist who was abducted by North Korean agents inside China and later killed in North Korea.
The United States District Court for the District of Columbia awarded the family $330 million — which includes $15 million dollars each to Kim's son and brother, as well as $300 million in punitive damages — against the government of North Korea, known as DPRK, Israel Law Center said in a statement Monday.
"This is an important human rights decision that will be utilized in all political abduction cases going forward," Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the Israeli group's director, said. more >>
Students in New Jersey will still be able to recite the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, as an atheist organization has reportedly dropped its lawsuit.
Last year, the American Humanist Association's legal arm sued a New Jersey school district to get "under God" removed from the pledge.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a Washington D.C.-based group that supports the phrase being in the pledge, announced Monday morning that the AHA has been defeated. more >>
A megachurch in Michigan has announced that they will set up a "special fund" to raise the approximately $300,000 a Ponzi schemer donated to its congregation.
Resurrection Life Church, a large congregation with campuses in Grandville and Holland, had $300,000 donated to it by a convicted Ponzi scammer.
In response to recent attention given to the congregation over the question of them returning the money, Resurrection Life addressed the issue Wednesday afternoon on social media. more >>
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D – Ma.) spoke out against the death penalty on Thursday, after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on 30 counts pertaining to the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.
"My heart goes out to the families here, but I don't support the death penalty," Warren said on "CBS This Morning." "I think he should spend his life in jail—no possibility of parole—he should die in prison. But that's just how I see it. It's up to the jury. Nothing is ever going to make those who were injured whole…" she added.
Warren is not alone in her opposition to the death penalty, which was abolished in the state in 1984. However, Attorney General Eric Holder declared that Tsarnaev would be tried in federal court and therefore be eligible for the death penalty. After he was found guilty on all 30 charges brought against him, Tsarnaev learned he would indeed face the possibility of execution or life without parole. more >>
Jury members in Boston found Dzokhkar Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 counts related to the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings on Wednesday.
The bombings killed three people and left over 260 others wounded. Tsarnaev, who carried out twin bombings with his brother Tamarlan, was convicted on charges that include carjacking, robbery and using weapons of mass destruction resulting in death.
Seventeen of the charges can carry the death penalty. However, the sentencing phase will not begin until next week. During the penalty phase, the same jury, consisting of seven women and five men, will weigh the possible death penalty for Tsarnaev. more >>
The brother of a Pakistani human rights lawyer who is defending the family of two teen Christian girls, who were gang raped in the middle of the night last December by five Muslim men, was shot by an enraged Muslim after consistently refusing to settle on a court-avoiding legal compromise.
Pervaiz Gill, the brother of attorney Sadar Mushtaq Gill, was shot in the back last Wednesday in Kasur after declining multiple times to agree on a legal settlement in the court case brought forth by the Christian teens' father, Ilyas Masih, the British Pakistani Christian Association reported.
Masih is seeking justice for his two daughters, Sherish and Farzana, who were abducted from outside their home last Dec. 3 and were gang raped by a group of Muslim men. The two girls were found lying unconscious the next morning along the roadside several miles away from their home village of Jaranwala. more >>