Marissa Alexander, the woman jailed in Florida after firing a warning shot at her abusive ex-husband, was released from jail on Tuesday after consenting to a plea deal.
Alexander, 34, was first sentenced to 20 years in prison after reportedly firing a shot in the direction of her abusive ex-husband during a 2010 argument. Two children were in the home, leading to her arrest. She faced another 60 years in prison after being charged with three counts of aggravated assault but reached a plea deal in Nov. which would allow her freedom after the three years she already served in prison.
Her case drew national attention, as her ex-husband was known for being violent, abusive, and had previously threatened Alexander's life. He had entered her home without permission, and Alexander fired the shot to scare him away, not to injure or harm him. Women's rights activists took up the cause and petitioned for her release. more >>
Michigan county officials have voted to re-install a sign with a Bible verse on it at a public park after the display had been removed late last year.
In a 9 to 2 vote, the Board of Commissioners for Ottawa County decided Tuesday to put back the sign in Hager Park, which included the Bible verse Psalm 19:1.
Georgia put Warren Lee Hill to death on Tuesday despite numerous protests from those stating he was not mentally capable of understanding what was happening to him.
Hill's attorneys pleaded with the Supreme Court to stay the execution until his IQ could be retested; they claimed his IQ was 70, while prosecutors stated Hill's IQ was 90. In most cases, states cannot execute prisoners with an IQ of "approximately 70" or below. Hill had not been tested since 2000, where doctors testified he was not intellectually disabled. However, those same doctors later testified that they had "been rushed" and that since then they had concluded he was intellectually disabled.
"Today, the Court has unconscionably allowed a grotesque miscarriage of justice to occur in Georgia," Brian Kammer, a laywer for Hill said in a statement to WSBTV. "Georgia has been allowed to execute an unquestionably intellectually disabled man, Warren Hill, in direct contravention of the Court's clear precedent prohibiting such cruelty." more >>
Federal judges may have the last word on marriage -- but they won't have the final one. That's becoming abundantly clear in Alabama, the latest state to feel the sting of a runaway court invalidating the will of the people on marriage. In a letter to Governor Robert Bentley (R-Ala.), Chief Justice Roy Moore made that quite clear -- explaining that this isn't an issue that the federal courts will resolve. Rather, he said, it "raises serious, legitimate concerns about the propriety of federal court jurisdiction over the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment."
Unelected judges and a handful of lawyers have been pushing state marriage amendments over like sleeping cows. Meanwhile, stunned Americans have struggled to make sense of a legal system that puts its own political agenda ahead of the expressed will of the people. Like most conservatives, FRC has watched in horror as the courts have robbed tens of millions of Americans of their voice on an issue of critical importance -- not just to our nation's stability, but to its very survival.
If the Supreme Court completes the circle and invents a right to same-sex "marriage," I believe it will be the Roe v. Wade of the 21st Century. People then, as now, insisted that the Supreme Court had the final say on the issue. Forty-two years later, they couldn't be more wrong. Far from settling the issue of abortion, the Supreme Court ignited a powerful, nationwide movement -- now four decades strong -- to overturn the justices' ruling. more >>
A Corrections Department chaplain who claimed an NYPD officer deliberately broke his leg during an arrest has been awarded $3.95 million damages, but the city wants to challenge the verdict.
It took a Brooklyn jury less than an hour to reach a decision after hearing 51-year-old Christopher Graham's nightmarish ordeal during a brief trial earlier this month. Ultimately, jurors ruled in favor of Graham, who filed a civil claim against the city after officer Paul Aparo severely injured him in 2010.
"He was turning my leg, left and right. I was screaming and banging on the floor. Then I heard a snap," Graham recalled, according to the New York Daily News. "Even after my leg breaks they were still beating my a--." more >>
Jodi Arias' defense attorneys have rested their case in the penalty phase of the convicted killer's retrial in Phoenix without calling her back to the witness stand.
Arias faces the death penalty for the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, who was found in the shower of his Phoenix home. He was stabbed 27 times, his throat slashed and was shot once in the face.
Arias spent two days in October and November testifying before jurors in Maricopa County Superior Court without the public or the media present for the proceedings. The state's highest court later ruled that judge Sherry Stephens was wrong in closing the courtroom and that any additional testimony should be made in the open, and last week a transcript of her testimony was released to the public. more >>