The former head of a Virginia-based megachurch who was convicted on seven counts of sexually assaulting a minor is seeking a new trial.
Geronimo Aguilar, ex-pastor at the Richmond Outreach Center, or ROC Church, was sentenced in Texas last October to 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting two sisters when they were minors.
Filed earlier this month in the Second Court of Appeals located in Fort Worth, the brief argued that the detailing of Aguilar's extramarital affairs shouldn't have been mentioned and that it affected the results of the trial. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has advised people to obey the instructions of police officers when stopped by them for whatever reason.
Over the past two years, some police shootings have garnered national attention and sparked public protests, especially in cases where the victims were unarmed African-Americans.
In a message posted to Facebook on Sunday, Graham advised "whites, blacks, Latinos, and everybody else" to follow the instructions of police if stopped by them. more >>
Officials from the U.N., the United States, Russia, and other nations are pointing fingers and accusing each other of "barbarism" after the latest round of bombings by Syrian forces killed at least 85 people on Sunday in the besieged city of Aleppo.
Matthew Rycroft, British ambassador to the U.N., said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies have been carrying out war crimes against Syrian civilians in the continued bombings aimed at taking out rebel forces in the civil war.
"After five years of conflict, you might think that the regime has had its fill of barbarity — that its sick bloodlust against its own people has finally run its course," Rycroft said, according to CNN. more >>
A Michigan father who served time for viciously stabbing his pregnant first wife to death in 1991, snapped again Wednesday when he shot and tortured his current wife, then forced her to watch as he gunned down his two teenage stepchildren and poisoned their two younger children.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Gregory Green, a 49-year-old ex-con who served 16 years in prison for fatally stabbing his pregnant wife in Detroit 25 years ago, was given a second shot at life when he was paroled.
Records cited by the Detroit Free Press show that Green used a steak knife and stabbed his then pregnant wife, Tanya Green, 10 times in the neck, cheek, chest and back. Both of her lungs were punctured in the attack. She had two children, ages 5 and 8, at the time. Green pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 15–25 years in prison. more >>
A Pakistani Christian boy who was arrested earlier this week could face the death penalty after he was accused of posting a picture on Facebook that Muslims consider to be blasphemous toward Islam.
According to the London-based charity British Pakistani Christian Association, 16-year-old Nabeel Masih, who lives in the town of Kasur in the Punjab province, was accused of posting a blasphemous picture on Facebook that reportedly showed the Kaaba (the building at the center of Islam's most sacred mosque in Mecca) with a pig's head on top.
Masih's alleged post was reported to local police by a Muslim friend who found it offensive. Masih was arrested and is being held at the local police station in Kasur until his trial. more >>
Evangelist and Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham is speaking out against the violence perpetrated by some of the protesters in Charlotte this week, and has called for prayer in the midst of the unfolding chaos.
Writing on his Facebook page Thursday, Graham said, "Another young man was shot and killed by someone in the hostile crowd. Looting, vandalism, random violence, mayhem prevailed. ... all under the guise of a demonstration."
Protester Justin Carr was shot during Wednesday night's protests, and according to CNN, "because the crowd was too thick for paramedics to access the scene, he had to be evacuated by a SWAT armored personnel carrier." more >>