In 1979, when a young boy got disappeared, it created a shock wave across the nation. The case was in court for so many, which has now ended an agonizing stalemate.
On Friday, jurors for the third time have stated that they were hopelessly deadlocked, 11-1, in favor of conviction of Pedro Hernandez, who has confessed that he choked Etan Patz, 6, to death and then dumped his body a few blocks away.
The jurors have declared the case as a mistrial. The announcement has lead Etan's parents with no other option but to wait for another trial. "We are frustrated and very disappointed the jury has been unable to make a decision. The long ordeal is not over. But I think we have closure already", said his father, Stanley Patz.
On Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) set up a DUI checkpoints at Madison Avenue and Hemlock Street in Sacramento to decrease drunken driving accidents at Cinco de Mayo.
Cinco de Mayo is the biggest party of the year at Roseville's Mexican restaurant in Zocalo. It is considered as one of the top 10 drinking holidays and so there is a high risk of drunken drivers on the roads. In 2013, 36% of the fatal crashes on Cinco de Mayo were caused by drunk drivers.
CHP is setting up DUI saturation patrols which will ensure more officers on duty. The CHP is also working forward to create a program that would offer free DUI-breath tests.
Gloucester has faced drug problem for years and now its police chief said on Tuesday that the city has found new ways to deal with the problem. These measures will be soon taken to control opioid addiction among people.
Chief Leonard Campanello said at police headquarters that the city is working with Addison Gilbert Hospital, local pharmacies, and an on-call network of volunteers and it wants its police department to tackle drug addiction in an appropriate way in place of sending people to jail.
According to Campanello, "Addiction is a disease and should be treated as such. As a community, we believe it's the right thing to do".
On Monday, a bill has been passed as per which background of all gun buyers in Oregon would be checked. After the bill received a go-ahead from Oregon lawmakers, it will be presented to governor who has shared that she would give green signal to the new bill turning it into a law.
The Oregon Firearms Safety Act is already applicable at stores and gun shows in the state for person-to-person and online gun sales. The act has expanded with background check requirements.
The bill has been passed by a vote of 32-38 in the state’s House of Representatives. Representative Dan Rayfield, a Democrat who voted in the favor, was of the view that background check is the most apt way to keep guns away from dangerous people.
The mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, lifted curfew of the city six days after imposing it. The mayor had given orders to residents to stay home after 10 p. m. beginning Tuesday after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody prompted riots in the city.
On Sunday, a daytime rally Sunday was quiet and peaceful. An announcement on Friday about charges against six officers involved in arrest of Gray was seen as a step toward justice for the unarmed black man. Rawlings-Blake said that everyone want a sense of peace in city.
On Friday, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that six Baltimore police officers will face charges over the death of 25-year-old black man Freddie Gray.
Gray was taken into custody by the Baltimore Police Department on April 12, 2015 for allegedly possessing a switchblade. While being transported ‘handcuffed, shackled by his feet and unrestrained’ in a police van, he fell into a coma and was taken to a trauma center.
Gray died last month, April 19, 2015 after suffering a severe spine and neck injury while in police custody.
The circumstances of the injuries were initially unclear. However, eyewitness suggested that the officers involved used unnecessary force against Gray while arresting him.
Lawyers for three Oklahoma murderers asked the US Supreme Court to ban the usage of lethal injections used as sedative when the death penalty for a convict is announced. The lawyers suspect that the drug, midazolam, is unable to put a convict into deep sleep.
But they could make little success as the lawyers had to face the court's conservative majority Wednesday. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. stated that executions can be carried out painlessly. There are states where assisted suicide is legal, there terminally ill patients may obtain drugs allowing them to have a peaceful death.
On Wednesday, lawmakers in North Carolina agreed to a measure aimed at resuming executions in the state after a break of nine years. The measure has removed the requirement that a doctor should be present in the case of lethal injections.
According to reports, North Carolina has not executed any inmate since last nine years due to conflict with the state's medical board. Before the measure, the board had threatened to take legal actions against physicians who participate in a prisoner's death.
On Wednesday, the North Carolina House of Representatives passed the legislation in 84-33 vote. The new legislation would also allow physician assistants, nurses and paramedics to supervise lethal injections.
Los Angeles County sheriff department on Tuesday made a settlement with the US Justice Department over allegations of long-standing civil rights abuses by deputies in the Mojave Desert.
The settlement deal approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors came nearly two years after the federal prosecutors identified an alleged pattern of discrimination.
The discrimination pattern identified by prosecutors included unconstitutional stops searches, searches, seizures and excessive force against blacks and Hispanics in Palmdale and Lancaster.
The Justice Department in its June 2013 report stated that the deputies harassed and frightened blacks and others in public housing, by showing up for inspection with minimum nine officers.
Almost after three years of mystery, a clear picture of James Holmes came into light after the first trial in the Colorado theater shootings.
The defense lawyers in an opening statement on Monday portrayed James as a smiling child who enjoyed surfing with his family but who even sensed that something was going wrong in his mind.
In the hope to find a solution to his illness, he went to study neuroscience at the University of Colorado, but eventually his mental illness propelled him to do a terrifying attack on a suburban Denver movie theater in July 2012, defense lawyer Katherine Spengler said.
On April 28, the Supreme Court is scheduled to the hear the case in which a group of same-sex couples are asking the court to declare that all states must recognize same-sex marriages in states as legal.
Currently, same-sex military couples can face difficulties if they decide to move to a state where their marriage is not legally recognized. They can face problems on their rights to have legal custody of their children, their ability to make medical decision for their partners and legal rights of survivorship if a spouse dies.
Legal representatives of Michael Brown’s parents said they have planned to file a civil lawsuit against the city of Ferguson. Michael Brown was the unarmed black 18-year-old guy who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb.
In a statement on Wednesday, lawyers for the parents of Michael Brown said the illegal death court case would be filed the next day. Officer Darren Wilson shot Brown in August. The black guy’s shooting death led to a number of protests, which were renewed in November. The sometime-violent protests were renewed after a jury declined to charge the officer Wilson.
On Wednesday, a New York judge allowed two Stony Brook University lab animals the right to have their day in court. The university, which is supposed to be holding the chimps, could be asked to release the primates.
This decision appears to recognize chimpanzees as legal persons for the first time. The ruling marks the first time in the Unites States that an animal has been covered by a writ of habeas corpus that normally enables human prisoners to challenge their detention. There is a possibility that the judicial action might sway additional judges to do the same with other research animals.
On Monday, legal team of Maureen McDonnell, wife of the former governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell, said in a court filing that the former Virginia first lady's convictions on public corruption charges are based on overly broad definition of bribery. The team also said that Maureen wasn't given a fair trial owing to mistakes.
The court filing is of about 101 pages, which has been filed in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. According to McDonnell's attorneys, court should overturn McDonnell's conviction or she should be given another trial. In September last year, Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen McDonnell were convicted in a joint trial.
Earlier, a 25-year-old man, Freddie Gray, was taken to a hospital with spinal injuries after an encounter with four Baltimore police officers. One week after he was rushed to the hospital, Gray died on Sunday. Now, activists, relatives, family of Freddie Gray and even Baltimore city officials have been seeking answers about what happened to Gray.
On April 12, Gray was stopped by officers of Baltimore Police Department. According to officers, Gray didn't listen and ran away from them when he was arrested. Police said that about 30 minutes later, Gray was taken to a hospital in serious condition.
On Sunday, the United States Secret Service arrested a person who was attempting to scale the fence of the White House. According to the agency, the incident happened at about 10:25 pm on Sunday. In a statement, the federal law enforcement agency stated that the person was immediately arrested by the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers. After that, the person was taken into custody. Charges on him are pending, as per the agency.
The Secret Service stated that identity of the person arrested is still not known. The agency under the United States Department of Homeland Security has been facing troubles with a number of security lapses for the past few months.
A terrorism investigation is going on in Minnesota and San Diego. Authorities concerned have been looking for youngsters who have traveled or tried to travel to Syria to fight with militants and the Islamic State group.
In connection to that investigation, six people have been arrested. A spokesman for the Minnesota US Attorney's Office sharing the information about the arrests said that the arrests were made on Sunday in Minneapolis and San Diego.
Spokesman Ben Petok said the information with regard to the charges would be publicized on Monday. The US Attorney's Office and the FBI have planned a news conference on Monday and there, details will be released.
On Wednesday, Target announced that it has settled a lawsuit against MasterCard involved in December 2013 data breach. Target has agreed to pay $19 million in order to settle the lawsuits.
MasterCard Inc. said that the money will be used by banks and credit unions for operating costs and fraud-related losses on cards that were affected in the incident. It shall however, be noted that the settlement will only take place if at least 90% of eligible accounts are ready for the offer and that too by May 20.
The breach has proved taxing, as it not only had cost the company’s CEO his job, but Target has not been able to overcome ever since. It is considered that in the breach, around 70 million customers were affected and also, potentially 40 million credit cards.
Attorneys are making final decisions in the Colorado theater shooting case. And they will be deciding regarding the jurors, who will make a decision on fate of the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others almost three years ago. On Monday, jury selection reached its final stage, when prosecutors and defense attorneys talked to prospective jurors.
The remaining candidates will be whittled to 12 jurors and 12 alternates for serving in the months-long trial of James Holmes. Holmes had a shorter haircut and he also shaved the beard, which he had during the last round of jury questioning. He was seen wearing a brown shirt and reddish, tortoise shell glasses. Date for opening statements is April 27.
Monday's sentencing will put an end to an almost seven-year-long trial of murderer Jodi Arias. But it is said that the sentencing is no more than a formality as the death penalty option has been removed.
Now, only two options are left with the judge. The judge can either ask the 34-year-old to be eligible for release after 25 years in jail or serve the rest of her life behind bars.
For now, it is not known whether Arias would approach and discuss with Judge Sherry Stephens before she announces the sentence. In 2013, Arias was convicted in the murder of lover Travis Alexander, 30. He was found dead in the shower of his Mesa home in June 2008.