The Indian village where a woman was ordered to be gang-raped on the orders of a kangaroo court earlier this week has defended the men who participated in sexually violating her.
Both women and men alike in Chowhatta in West Bengal, India, have come to the defense of the at least a dozen men who attacked a woman, who was punished for having a relationship with man who lived outside of their town.
Authorities have been hampered in their investigations into the horrific gang rape incident, according to The Times of India. Local residents have said that they do not want authorities entering Chowhatta and "interfering in our daily lives." They have also moved to prevent journalists from entering the village and "demeaning their culture." more >>
Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza pleaded not guilty on Friday to federal charges that he used straw donors to exceed campaign contributions to a U.S. Senate candidate in 2012. Meanwhile, the charges against the co-producer of "2016: Obama's America" are being seen by conservatives as evidence that the White House is targeting its critics.
"The Feds have chosen to pursue this alleged minor violation in the same way the IRS targeted conservative Tea Party groups for retribution," Gerald R. (Jerry) Molen, who co-produced "2016" with D'Souza, said in a statement released Friday. "In light of the way the IRS has been used to stifle dissent, this arrest should send shivers down the spines of all freedom-loving Americans."
D'Souza's defense lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, suggested in New York federal court that the action described in D'Souza's indictment does not rise to the level of a crime, according to Reuters. The contributions connected to D'Souza were for candidate Wendy Long, who was unsuccessful in her bid for the Senate seat of Democratic Kirsten Gillibrand in New York. more >>
A 22-year-old man who laughed as he was sentenced to serve four-consecutive life sentences in prison for kidnapping and raping his then 16-year-old ex-girlfriend on her birthday, shortly after killing her mother in 2012, said he would have felt much better with a death sentence.
"I got what I deserve, I mean, I would rather y'all give me the death sentence," said Kevin McMiller of Jefferson County, Ark., who was found guilty of capital murder, kidnapping and breaking and entering on Thursday, according to KATV.
A report in The Commercial said McMiller broke into the house of his now 17-year-old ex-girlfriend on March 23, 2012, where he stabbed her mother Shirley Owney, 39, to death then kidnapped her and took her to a vacate house where he raped her. more >>
Two men filed a civil lawsuit on Wednesday suing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for sexual abuse that the plaintiffs claim occurred on a pineapple farm in Maui, Hawaii, from 1986 through 1988.
Jacob Huggard, 41, and Kyle Spray, 42, both of Utah, are alleging that they were sexually abused by the camp's coordinator. Brian Pickett was responsible with overseeing the hundreds of teenage boys from Utah and Idaho who worked the pineapple fields in the 1970s and 1980s.
In addition to the Mormon Church, Maui Land and Pineapple Co., which owned the farm land and camp housing, is also listed as a defendant. According to a press release, both companies recruited boys to work for the company, paying them for their work while also educating them in Mormon missionary lifestyle. more >>
A former cafeteria manager at North Springs High School in Fulton County, Ga., who allegedly stole $500 a day over several years amounting to approximately $1 million has been arrested.
A Channel 2 Action News report highlighted that information from arrest warrants for ex-cafeteria worker Brenda Watts could possibly have cost the high school $1 million.
Watts was first reported to the news channel last spring by a fellow ex-cafeteria worker who charged that the manager regularly ran a cash-only line for which no records are available. more >>
A Kentucky church pastor and two other men have plead guilty in what authorities have suggested is one of the "biggest drug busts" in state history.
Scott Gilliam, 42, Brandon Logan, 28, and his uncle, Michael Scott Logan, 38, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, reported WSAZ.
Gilliam, who worked as a pastor at Perry's Branch Holiness Tabernacle Church in Olive Hill before it closed a year and a half ago, used his former church as a base for his drug operations, a fact which shocked long-time residents of the area. more >>