The state of Mississippi may execute the first woman since 1944 if no appeals are granted to Michelle Byrom. The case has brought great attention to the state, given that Byrom was convicted and sentenced to death in 2000 for the murder of her husband, but her son has reportedly admitted to the crime four times.
Edward Byrom Sr. was shot to death while in his bed in June 1999, after years of reportedly physically and verbally abusing his wife and son. Michelle, who was in the hospital being treated for pneumonia, allegedly conspired with her son, Edward Byrom Jr., and his friend, Joey Gillis, to kill Byrom Sr. Michelle later told authorities that she had committed the crime and said that she did not want her son to go to prison for her deed.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) expressed confidence Tuesday that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down the Health and Human Services' controversial contraception mandate that requires employers to pay for birth control, including those that can lead to the early termination of pregnancies.
Speaking to CP Insider on Tuesday, Cruz said he's "confident that the U.S. Supreme Court is going to strike down the contraceptive mandate."
Cruz also expressed his support for Hobby Lobby Inc., an Oklahoma-based company whose owners are opposed to having to pay for four types of birth control (two types of IUDs, and Plan B and EllaOne), under Obamacare's employer mandate, or pay $1.3 million in fines each day. more >>
Chloe Menager allegedly held her 1-year-old son underwater in the bathtub until he drowned in 2012. She has now been found guilty of his murder and faces a lifetime behind bars if a judge so decides. During the trial, Menager spoke of being tormented by demons, though she never said that was her reason for committing the murder.
Two years ago, Pablo Perez flagged down Dallas, Texas officers to get help for his son, who had drowned in the bathtub. When they arrived, they reportedly found Menager in wet, blood-stained clothes and crying into a cellphone.
"I'm sorry, I'm sorry, my baby," Menager said. more >>
Several of the more than 80 amicus curiae briefs filed for the Hobby Lobby case, Kathleen Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, included references to the work of New York City megachurch pastor Tim Keller.
Keller, the founding and lead pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian, authored Every Good Endeavor with Katherine Leary Alsdorf, the founder of the Center for Faith & Work, in 2012.
The book was cited in friend of the court briefs in favor of Hobby Lobby by the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities and a joint briefing from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Coalition of African American Pastors, the Manhattan Declaration, InStep International and 38 protestant theologians, including Rick Warren, Eric Metaxes and Ravi Zacharias. Neither Keller nor Alsdorf co-signed either document. more >>
WASHINGTON – A lawyer who witnessed oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. reported that the federal government did not use access to birth control – a popular talking point in the media and among protestors outside the Court – as an argument for the contraceptive mandate.
"There were really no arguments by the government about lack of access to contraceptives," Adele Keim of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty that is providing counsel to Hobby Lobby, told The Christian Post during an interview at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, on Tuesday.
"The Greens (the family that owns Hobby Lobby) have covered the pill – which is what most people think of when they think of birth control – for years in their plan, and they continue to do so," Keim explained. more >>
WASHINGTON – Undeterred by heavy snowfall, supporters and opponents of Hobby Lobby's lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services made their presence known Tuesday morning while the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case, Kathleen Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialty Store v. Sebelius.
Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods are suing the federal government over the HHS' "preventive services" mandate in the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, that requires employers to provide healthcare coverage that pays for prescription birth control and abortion-inducing drugs.
The four contraceptives that Hobby Lobby is seeking exemption from covering include two types of IUDs, and Plan B and EllaOne, the morning after and week after pills, respectively, which they believe would make them complicit in abortion, a violation of their religious beliefs. more >>