Text messages sent by the teenage missionary who reportedly admitted to raping children at a Kenyan orphanage surfaced this week revealing his belief that he was possessed by a demon named "Luke" at the time of the offenses.
Evidence brought by the Assistant US Attorney cites text messages from the indicted rapist Matthew Lane Durham, 19, to a friend. Those messages include threats to the Kenyan orphanage founder.
Sherri Shepherd took to Twitter yesterday in a tirade against a man who had insulted her eldest son just as news broke that the former "View" panelist's surrogate had given birth to her second son.
"At a carnival & Jeffrey asked the guy a question – he told Jeffrey he talks too much – I am beyond pissed – going over there right now," the 47-year-old television personality posted. more >>
The first week of the McDonnell corruption trial has concluded, and if the testimony thus far is any indication, things aren't looking good for the defendants. Regardless of the ultimate guilt of innocence of the Governor and his wife, the facts of the case reveal the unsavory influence that power and celebrity can have on individuals and families and of the insidious relationship between money and power in the world of politics.
A former legislator turned Attorney General Bob McDonnell's sights always seemed set on higher office. A major factor in Bob and Maureen McDonnell's rise to national prominence was their iconic image as the classic American family. Five beautiful children, a seemingly happy marriage, traditional family values, a legacy of military service, character, ethics, morals. . . this projection of the American Dream was a cornerstone of McDonnell's campaign for governor of Virginia, and the formula worked. Not only did McDonnell win the Governor's Mansion in Richmond, he was talked about as a possible VP candidate for Mitt Romney's Presidential campaign.
Of course, not all that glitters is gold, and we are getting an unvarnished look at a less flattering side of the McDonnell family. From the LA Times: more >>
Michael Worthington, the man who admitted to raping and killing a 24-year-old girl in Missouri was executed early Wednesday morning, bringing closure to the parents of the young girl.
He was executed by the State of Missouri by lethal injection at the state prison and was pronounced dead at 12:11 a.m. He was sentenced to death after admitting to raping and killing Melinda "Mindy" Griffin during a burglary of her condominium. Her parents were present for the execution and hoped that it would bring a sense of closure to the case that has haunted them for 19 years.
"I figure I'll wake up in a better place tomorrow," Worthington told the Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday. "I'm just accepting of whatever's going to happen because I have no choice. The courts don't seem to care about what's right or wrong anymore." more >>
Last week, a panel sitting for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit struck down – by a 2 to 1 margin − a 2012 Mississippi law as an undue burden on a woman's right to abortion. What kind of burden, you might ask, would the majority deem sufficiently undue so as to overturn a state law?
The answer might surprise you: Requiring physicians who perform abortions to secure hospital admitting privileges –just like physicians with other outpatient surgeries.
Considered standard medical practice for essentially any type of office-based procedure, doctors maintain hospital admitting privileges to assure the health and safety of patients. The treating physician should have unrestrained and immediate access to a nearby hospital in case of a complication. more >>
A federal judge has ruled that an Alabama law that requires abortion providers to attain hospital admitting privileges is unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Monday against the law, passed last year as House Bill 57, and extended an earlier decision blocking its implementation.
"The evidence compellingly demonstrates that the requirement would have the striking result of closing three of Alabama's five abortion clinics, clinics which perform only early abortions, long before viability," wrote Thompson. more >>