In a note found scrawled on the inside of the boat in which he was hiding at the time of his arrest, Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, claimed responsibility for the chilling April 15 attack, dismissed victims as "collateral damage" and looked forward to joining his dead older brother in paradise.
Billed part suicide note, manifesto and justification for the attack, sources disclosed in a CBS News report on Thursday that Tsarnaev scribbled the missive as he bled in hiding from a gunshot wound he suffered during an episode of gunfire with police and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
"When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims," Tsarnaev reportedly wrote on a bullet riddled wall on the boat. He further claimed in the note that the bombings were retribution for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. more >>
The news that Ariel Castro might be tried for murder for ending the pregnancies of the women he held captive has brought to the fore an older debate over fetal homicide laws. If ending a pregnancy is murder, what does that say about the legal status of the unborn?
Castro reportedly impregnated Michelle Knight, one of his three kidnapping victims, five times, then forced her to miscarry by starving her and repeatedly punching her in the stomach.
Since 1996, Ohio, like 37 other states, has had a law that intentionally ending a pregnancy is murder. Murder charges can be brought against someone who causes a miscarriage, or murdering a pregnant woman will recognize two victims to the crime. more >>
An inmate is reportedly suing the Massachusetts Department of Corrections for denying him materials he claims are necessary for him to properly express his Wiccan faith.
Daniel LaPlante, who is currently serving a life sentence for the 1987 murder of a Townsend, Mass., mother and her two children, has requested 121 items that he claims will aid him in performing Wiccan rituals.
Jodi Arias is tweeting again, thanks to the help of a friend who posts messages on her behalf. In one of her latest tweets, Arias spoke about God's love and quoted a prominent Mormon leader.
"God's love is so great that He loves even the proud, the selfish, the arrogant, and the wicked. – Dieter F. Uchtdorf," Arias posted on Wednesday, as the sentencing phase of her trial began.
Uchtdorf is the second counselor of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was installed on Feb. 3, 2008 but has been a member of the Church since 1962. In addition to being a second counselor, Uchtdorf has given several speeches and addresses as well as written numerous articles, oen of which Arias drew the quote from. more >>
A 19-year-old volunteer with Willow Creek Community Church's special needs child care program has been released from a Cook County, Ill., jail after being arrested and charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child.
Robert Sobczak was released on $10,000 cash bond this past Saturday after being arrested and released the prior day for allegedly fondling an 8-year-old boy. The felony charge reportedly came after the family of the alleged victim informed church officials of the child's claim that Sobczak had fondled him.
However, once made aware of the allegation, Willow Creek Community Church immediately contacted the state's Department of Children and Family Services, which in turn notified law enforcement officials. more >>
Reaction to the guilty verdict of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, convicted of murdering three babies born alive in his clinic, was swift Monday from Christian and pro-life leaders, who while applauded justice being served in Gosnell's case, said there are many more abortions and "Gosnell-like" atrocities to stop across the nation.
"The guilty charge of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, dethroned ruler of 'Gosnell's House of Horrors' may spark justice for more women and babies across America," said Dr. Alveda King, director of African American Outreach for Gospel of Life Ministries. "Justice is served with this verdict, but injustice will continue unless we end abortion in this country. Gosnell was not the only abortionist who killed mothers and their born babies, he was just the one who got caught. Now we have to turn out attention to charging, trying and convicting others like him."
On Monday, Gosnell, 72, was acquitted in the fourth baby's death, but found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of an adult patient. The jury, comprised of seven women and five men, reached a verdict on all 268 charges on the tenth day of deliberations. Gosnell now faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole. A separate set of jurors will reconvene on May 21 to consider whether he should be executed. more >>