A 34-year-old Brooklyn man gave his pregnant girlfriend abortion-inducing pills during intercourse, thus causing her to have a miscarriage, prosecutors recently argued in the Brooklyn Supreme Court.
Prosecutors allege that Shervaughn Remy of Crown Heights, N.Y., is guilty of felony abortion after reportedly slipping two Cytotec pills inside his pregnant girlfriend while the two had intercourse in 2013. The girlfriend claims in the criminal complaint that after having intercourse with Remy, she felt intense abdominal pains so severe that she admitted herself to the local hospital.
The criminal complaint goes on to say that the doctor treating Remy's then-girlfriend at the hospital discovered two Cytotec pills inside her. The woman then gave birth to a stillborn, 14-week old fetus hours later. Remy was arrested on Valentine's Day 2013. more >>
Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby signed an agreement Monday to support an anti-slavery, anti-human trafficking initiative. The leaders of the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion backed the initiative known as the Global Freedom Network.
"Many are already engaged in the struggle and we join them with much to learn as well as much to contribute. All are called to join common cause to end this crime and suffering," said Welby. "We are struggling against evil in secret places and in deeply entrenched networks of malice and cruelty. No one of us is strong enough, but together we are ready for the challenge God is placing before us today, and we know that he will strengthen us so that all people may live in freedom and dignity."
In a statement released honoring the occasion, Welby said that the joint endeavor was part of the efforts to have Anglicans and Catholics united. more >>
New Hampshire's House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday in support of a measure that would repeal the state's death penalty practice. Although the measure's fate has yet to be determined by a Senate vote, the state's governor has made it clear she would sign a repeal ending the death penalty practice.
The state's House of Representatives voted 225 to 104 Wednesday in support of the bill. If the bill becomes law, New Hampshire will become the 19th state to abolish the death penalty.
Some lawmakers supporting the appeal also pushed for an amendment that would allow the state's only death penalty row inmate, Michael Addison, to also have his life spared. Addison was convicted of shooting Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs to death in an alley in 2006. Ultimately, the amendment that would have spared Addison failed, 85 to 245, and Gov. Hassan has said she would only sign a repeal that didn't include an amendment sparing Addison. more >>
A former Swedish megachurch pastor has resigned from the church board of the largest Assembly of God church in the world.
Ulf Ekman, the former leader at Word of Life, announced earlier this week that he and his wife Birgitta would be converting to Catholicism, and that he would also be departing his post at Yoido Full Gospel Church, where pastor David Yonggi Cho was recently convicted on charges that millions of dollars of church money was spent on buying his son's stocks. Cho was also sentenced to three years in prison.
Conservatives should support less stringent punishments for marijuana possession, Texas Governor Rick Perry declared Tuesday during a taping of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
"We've been able to shut down a prison in the state of Texas — that's conservative, man!" Perry said, to loud applause from the audience. The Texas governor argued that his conservative state has led the nation in making penalties for marijuana less harsh. "For over a decade, we've lowered the penalties," he said.
Perry explained the rationale behind this reform: "We're trying to be smart about it, you don't want to ruin a kid's life for having a joint." This statement also found a great deal of applause, despite the boos and jeers when Kimmel introduced the governor. The crowd from Austin skewed liberal, or as Perry put it, "Austin's the blueberry in the tomato soup." more >>
Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, was robbed of $600,000 in donations over the weekend.
"We were heartbroken to learn today that funds were stolen from the church over the weekend. This includes cash, checks and envelopes containing written credit card information, and it is limited only to those funds contributed in the church services on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, 2014," Lakewood told the 45,000-strong congregation, the biggest in America, in a statement on Monday.
FOX 26 reported that Houston police are currently looking for clues on who might have broken into the church safe. The crime was discovered early Monday morning by a Lakewood employee. Around $200,000 of the stolen money is believed to be in cash, while the rest included donations made by checks and credit cards. more >>