A 57-year-old Texas man cleared this week of raping a teen girl in 1990 told reporters that he was only able to cope with being branded a guilty man because of his "father God," and expressed the conviction that God had been working behind the scenes all along to bring him justice.
After prosecutors found evidence showing that Michael Phillips, currently wheelchair-bound, was not the one who raped a 16-year-old girl more than two decades ago, a judge ruled on Friday that the Dallas man should be exonerated. The new evidence was based on DNA testing, which Phillips did not request, but which Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins pursued through his Conviction Integrity Unit.
"My father God that got me through this. That's all I got to say," Phillips told reporters during the court appearance. "That speaks for itself. Pick up His book, it's truthful … see you through anything." more >>
A gay Wichita, Kansas man who was trying to adopt a 10-month-old girl with his partner was arrested on suspicion of aggravated child endangerment Thursday when the infant died after he forgot that he had left her and another child inside his car in scorching 90-degree weather.
Wichita police and the state are now trying to piece together why this tragedy happened and why the men didn't realize the children were missing for so long.
An NBC News report says Seth Michael Jackson, 29, and his 26-year-old partner Payton Schroeder were in the process of adopting the 10-month-old girl known as Anna, and Kadylak, when the girl died helplessly in the car. more >>
LOS ANGELES — A majority of California Latinos do not see marijuana possession or non-violent drug possession of any kind as a legitimate cause for deportation, according to a poll released by Latino Decisions and Presente.org Friday.
"Latinos believe that the war on drugs is a failure and that our sentencing system is broken," said Arturo Carmona, executive director of Presente.org. "Families shouldn't be torn apart over marijuana possession."
Carmona adds, "It's time to enact common sense policies and stop wasting money over minor marijuana possession charges. It's time to stop allowing the justice system to prey on America's most vulnerable residents. We need reasonable and responsible drug sentencing reform that ends the war on communities of color." more >>
An associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara has pleaded no contest to criminal charges related to her assault on a group of pro-life students in March, which was partially captured on video.
The Santa Barbara Independent reported on Thursday that Dr. Mireille Miller-Young, who had been accused of stealing and destroying an anti-abortion posted during an event, as well as pushing and scratching the activist, is pleading no contest to the charges of grand theft, vandalism, and battery.
"Today's plea brings us one step closer to seeing justice done in this case," said Katie Short, mother of the 16-year-old activist that Miller-Young is accused of assaulting. "Pro-life advocates should not be subjected to intimidation and violence for lawfully exercising their right to free speech, and we are happy to see that Ms. Miller-Young is being held accountable for her actions." more >>
An Oklahoma teenager has confessed to raping Kenyan orphans while visiting the country on a missions trip, the FBI has charged.
Matthew Lane Durham, 19, volunteered at Upendo Children's Home in June 2012, June and December 2013, and earlier this year from April 30 to June 17. According to FBI claims, during his most recent trip, Durham stayed on site at the children's home in an "overflow bunk," per his own request, and not with a sponsor family as he had in previous trips.
There, "Durham engaged in sexual acts with multiple children, male and female, ranging in ages from four to ten," alleges the report. According to court records, Durham also confessed to raping several girls, forcing some of the boys to perform oral sex on him and forcing some of the children to watch the acts. more >>
A Florida father who battered an 18-year-old after walking in on him sexually abusing his 11-year-old son in his own house said he almost killed the man, but it was his son who stopped him.
"I was going to kill him. My son is the one who stepped in front of me and stopped. My son saved his attacker's life. So who's really the hero in this situation here?" the father, Jason Browning, asked ClickOrlando Monday, days after a mug shot of the 18-year-old's battered face went viral.
According to CNN, Browning told Volusia County emergency dispatch Friday that he left his son with 18-year-old Raymond Frolander, who is close to the family, to go out but was dazed by what he discovered on his return. more >>