Two South Sudanese Presbyterian pastors who faced death penalties on charges of espionage have been freed from prison after months in detention following a judge's order for their release on Wednesday.
As previously reported, pastors Yat Michael and Peter Yein Reith were arrested by Sudanese authorities last winter and detained without charges and prevented from access to their family and lawyers until March 1.
They were eventually charged with various crimes against the state, including criminal conspiracy, espionage, promoting hatred amongst the sects, blasphemy, undermining the constitutional system, obtaining official documents and disturbing the peace, two charges of which were punishable by death. more >>
The anonymous woman who tipped off the defense to a lying juror was described as Aaron Hernandez's erotic pen pal, prosecutors said.
Based on a court filing Monday, Bristol County Assistant District Prosecutor William McCauley said the tipster who pointed out that one of the juror's was lying had been having an "ongoing sexually explicit relationship" with Hernandez even before his murder trial.
McCauley questioned the as-yet-unnamed woman's credibility after she sent a tip in April just after the jury had returned with its guilty verdict, alleging that a jury member who had voted to convict the former NFL player for first-degree murder, was lying. more >>
A former Tennessee state legislator and his two sons have been charged with multiple counts of wire fraud for allegedly conning more than 300 Christians into buying gold and silver through their financial consulting company, and did so by convincing victims they needed to guard themselves against "mystery Babylon," a reference to the End Times.
Larry Bates and his sons, Charles "Chuck" Bates and Robert Bates, were indicted this week in Memphis, Tennessee, for using their financial company, First American Monetary Consultants, to sell gold and silver coins and other rare metals to mostly Christian and elderly customers.
According to the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice, the men, who presented themselves as knowledgeable Christian financial and political advisors, got away with taking people's money and failing to deliver the promised goods for more than 12 years. The Bates' alleged victims span numerous states, including Texas, Alabama, Kansas, Vermont, Oklahoma, Missouri, Florida, and Massachusetts. more >>
Two African-American churches that have served their urban Texas community for decades are fighting for survival as the city of Houston has made plans to bulldoze one of the church buildings and condemn the other church's properties in order to clear space for a new urban renewal project.
The Liberty Institute, the legal group representing Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and Latter Day Deliverance Revival Center in the city's Fifth Ward, filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to prevent the city government from "stealing" the church properties through eminent domain.
The city has planned to procure four parcels of land in the Fifth Ward, which all are located on one city block, and include both the Christian Fellowship church building on New Orleans Street and three properties owned by Latter Day that are used for community gatherings and also serve as youth centers, rehabilitation ministries, food pantries and other important ministries. more >>
A group of pastors have filed a lawsuit against a Texas city mayor whose administration refused to allow a referendum on a controversial transgender rights ordinance.
The Houston Area Pastors Council, being represented by attorney Andy Taylor, filed the suit against Mayor Annise Parker on Monday over her administration's refusal to put the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance on the ballot.
Former sportscaster Craig James has filed a lawsuit against Fox Sports in a Texas court over their firing him in 2013 because of comments he made criticizing homosexuality.
Filed in Dallas County District Court on Monday, James accused Fox Sports of dismissing him over expressing his sincere religious beliefs on the matter of sexual ethics.
"Through the actions of its executives, including its president and vice president of communications, Fox Sports hired Craig James as a sportscaster, then terminated him for his religious beliefs — religious beliefs he expressed before working there, more than a year prior," read the suit, in part. more >>