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on: January 05, 2009, 08:40:42 PM 1246 Across the Globe / World Crime Related News / Australia wife charged for setting husband on fire

Australia wife charged for setting husband on fire

The Associated Press
Posted: 01/05/2009 08:25:08 PM PST


ADELAIDE, Australia—An Australian woman has been charged with murder after allegedly setting her husband's genitals on fire because she thought he was having an affair.
Prosecutors told the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday that 44-year-old Rajini Narayan confessed to neighbors that she set her husband on fire on Dec. 8, 2008, after she saw him hug another woman.

She was initially charged with endangering life and arson but the charges were upgraded to murder after her 47-year-old husband, Satish Narayan, died from his injuries last week.

Prosecutor Lucy Boord said Narayan told neighbors she was a "jealous wife" but she hadn't meant to kill him when she doused the sleeping man's genitals with an alcohol-based solvent and then set him on fire.

Boord quoted Narayan allegedly saying: "I just wanted to burn his penis so it belongs to me and no one else ... I didn't mean this to happen."

The husband jumped out of bed and knocked over the bottle of alcohol, causing the fire to spread and resulting in 1 million Australian dollars ($715 million) of damage to their town house and an adjacent property, the Adelaide Advertiser reported.

Narayan was remanded in custody for psychological assessment and will reappear in court Friday. She has been charged with murder, arson and three counts of endangering life, as the couple's three children were at home during the incident.

http://www.mercurynews.com/nationworld/ci_11382201

on: December 30, 2008, 06:58:15 AM 1247 Off Topic / Off Topic - Anything / Let's Talk Guns Here

Folks,

I've noticed that nearly all the threads have gotten into talk of guns, AK47s, Smith and Wesson, Glocks, you name it. WE (including myself as I am also guilty of asking questions about guns on those threads) have gotten so far off base in those threads that I am reading nothing except gun talk in them now.  Nothing about the murderer or what is going on in the specific case.

How about we use this thread for the gun talk and get the other threads back on track?

Just a suggestion. :-*

on: December 25, 2008, 10:47:51 PM 1248 Off Topic / Off Topic- News / CPS final report: Most children from FLDS ranch were abused or neglected

FLDS

CPS final report: Most children from FLDS ranch were abused or neglected
Sect leaders denounce report.
By Corrie MacLaggan

AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Texas Child Protective Services investigation has found that of the 439 children removed from the Yearning for Zion ranch in West Texas earlier this year, 275 were abused or neglected.

The final report released Tuesday said that 12 girls were victims of sexual abuse because they entered "spiritual marriages" between the ages of 12 and 15. Seven of them have had children, the report said. It also said that 263 other children suffered neglect.

But the report does not include specific information on how investigators determined whether each child was abused or neglected, citing confidentiality requirements in state law.

The case "is about sexual abuse of girls and children who were taught that underage marriages are a way of life," said the report by the Department of Family and Protective Services, which oversees CPS. "It is about parents who condoned illegal underage marriages and adults who failed to protect young girls — it has never been about religion."

As a result of the investigation, the report said, 170 parents have taken classes "on appropriate discipline and the psychosexual development of children" and 50 girls took classes on how to identify and report sexual abuse.

CPS is working with the families of 15 children, including two who remain in state custody, department spokesman Patrick Crimmins said. The rest of the children are entirely in their parents' care. He said CPS has exhausted the options state law provides.

The children had been removed from the ranch owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on April 3 and were returned after the Texas Supreme Court ruled May 29 that the state overreached in removing them. Meanwhile, the CPS investigation — which is separate from the criminal investigation — continued, and the department presented the findings to Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Albert Hawkins, who had requested the report.

"We do believe that their families are now protective of them, and that's different than before April 3," Crimmins said.

Publicly reporting the findings of an abuse or neglect allegation is unprecedented, he said.

Willie Jessop, a member of the breakaway Mormon sect that practices polygamy, said the report didn't prove that the allegations were true.

"We believe it's a desperate attempt to save face for the barbaric actions committed on April 3," Jessop said. "They have spent millions and millions of taxpayer dollars trying to justify what they did."

By June 4, the state had spent more than $12.4 million on the investigation, including costs to place children in shelters in San Angelo and bus them around the state to foster care, including in Austin. Those figures, the most recent available, do not include court costs, regular salaries of state workers and several other expenses.

The CPS investigation began after officials received a report of abuse at the ranch. The alleged victim was never found, and the report was later investigated as a hoax.

"The so-called hoax call is the reason that we initially went there, but the investigation results are only based on what we found at the ranch — not on that call," Crimmins said.

State officials used DNA testing to determine which children belonged to which parents. Marriage records and a bishop's record found at the ranch were used to verify marriages, Crimmins said.

Scott McCown, a retired state district judge, said that in some ways, the specific evidence that was not cited in the report is irrelevant.

"The big issue that Texas has to grapple with is how does it respond to polygamy?" said McCown, executive director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, which is an advocate for low- and middle-income Texans.

The report said that of the 146 families investigated, abuse or neglect was confirmed for 62 percent of them. CPS identified 124 perpetrators — 30 of sexual abuse and the rest of neglect. In the neglect cases, the report said, parents "failed to remove their children from a situation in which the child would be exposed to sexual abuse committed against another child in their family or household."

James Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, criticized the report, saying that CPS's actions should have been reviewed by an independent auditor. "Having employees review their supervisors' decisions will only produce the result the superiors want," Harrington said.

State Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville, whose district includes Eldorado, where the ranch is located, said the report "validates many of the things (CPS) was criticized for doing," including going into the ranch in the first place.

He said he'll file a bill during the legislative session that begins Jan. 13 that would allow CPS to remove perpetrators rather than alleged victims in cases that involve large communities such as the ranch.

McCown said that state law already offers an option for removing perpetrators but that it may not be wise to do so.

"If you've got a 13-year-old girl forced to marry a 50-year-old man, and her mother made her wedding dress, then leaving her in the care of her mother and removing her father doesn't necessarily solve the problem," McCown said.

In the separate criminal investigation, 12 male residents of the ranch have been indicted on charges including sexual assault of a child, aggravated sexual assault, tampering with evidence, bigamy and failure to report abuse. Among the indicted is sect leader Warren Jeffs.

Texas in 2005 raised the age of legal marriage from 14 to 16, in part to discourage Jeffs' group from settling in Texas, said Hilderbran, who worked to pass the legislation.

Cynthia Martinez of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, which has represented several dozen women from the ranch, said that some of the mothers have moved away from the ranch because they say their children were traumatized by the raid and its aftermath.

"All the families are still taking it day by day and are still healing," she said.

cmaclaggan@statesman.com; 445-3548

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/12/24/1224eldorado.html

on: December 25, 2008, 10:33:10 PM 1249 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Madoff scandal hurts Texas Innocence Project

Madoff scandal hurts Texas Innocence Project
Funding cut as big donor shuts doors.
By Andrea Ball

AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF


Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Bernard Madoff scandal is hitting home for the Innocence Project of Texas.

The JEHT Foundation — a major financial supporter of the Innocence Project — is shutting its doors in January because its prime donors invested with Madoff, a Wall Street financier accused of running a pyramid scheme that defrauded investors out of billions of dollars.

That means the foundation will no longer be able to fund the Innocence Project, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to overturning wrongful convictions.

JEHT provides $125,000 of the project's $200,000 annual budget, project Chief Counsel Jeff Blackburn said .

"This guy has now single-handedly destroyed the work of dozens of criminal justice organizations in the country," he said.

The funding cut will affect the nonprofit's ability to take on new cases, including those in Austin, Blackburn said. But for now, the financial blow won't affect the nonprofit's current work — such as DNA testing in Dallas County cases — because it still has its last JEHT donation.

JEHT's collapse also won't affect Austin cases such as that of Tim Cole, who was convicted and imprisoned for rape and died in prison before DNA testing excluded him as a suspect. The Innocence Project is seeking to exonerate Cole posthumously.

The nonprofit is scrambling to find new donations to stay alive, Blackburn said.

"We're talking to other foundations to see if they'll fund our operations," he said. "The Innocence Project is not going to shut down because of this."

Finding new money may not be easy considering the current economic climate. Nonprofits across the country are struggling to raise money this holiday season as people pull back on their donations.

Meanwhile, foundations are hurting. The Madoff mess affected many nonprofits; sinking foundation endowments as a result of the economy are another problem. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently announced it will give out fewer grants than it had planned to in 2009.

Even if the Innocence Project finds new support, the collapse of the JEHT Foundation is a blow to criminal justice groups, Blackburn said. The group supported many programs nationally that aimed to reduce levels of incarceration and barriers to voting.

The foundation was founded in 2000. Its name is an acronym for justice, equality, human dignity and tolerance. "There's no organization who can ever replace what the JEHT foundation did," Blackburn said.

aball@statesman.com; 912-2506

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/12/25/1225innocence.html
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If that cuts off some of the bitch's funding then handstands and hoorays.  These trips back and forth to Austin, eats and staying there are costing us out the wazoo.  And no one is helping with ours or Eryn's expenses in these junk science hearings.

on: December 25, 2008, 10:27:24 PM 1250 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Ex-trooper, suspected in highway shootings, dies of injuries in Dallas, TX

DALLAS SHOOTINGS

Ex-trooper, suspected in highway shootings, dies of injuries
By Danny Robbins

ASSOCIATED PRESS


Thursday, December 25, 2008

DALLAS — A former Utah state trooper, suspected in several Dallas-area roadway shootings that killed at least one motorist, died on Christmas Eve, a hospital official said.

Brian Smith died at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, nursing supervisor Arthur Clarke said.

The 37-year-old had been in critical condition from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police say he shot himself in the head after a brief standoff early Tuesday, more than six hours after the alleged shooting rampage ended.

Dallas police said they think Smith was responsible for at least one death that resulted from the shootings. They declined to comment on another death in neighboring Garland because it was outside their jurisdiction.

Dallas police Lt. Craig Miller earlier said authorities were working to confirm their belief that Smith was the gunman in separate shooting deaths minutes apart Monday on a street in the suburb of Garland and a Dallas interstate.

Earlier Wednesday, police shut down a portion of the LBJ Freeway to re-examine the scene of one of several of the shootings.

Miller and a Garland police official said both departments were waiting for ballistics tests to come back for possible matches of bullet casings.

Warrants for Smith's arrest had been issued in the Fort Worth suburb of Southlake, where authorities have obtained evidence linking him to two robberies in the past eight days.

Both incidents involved thefts in which purses were stolen from women in vehicles parked at businesses on Southlake Boulevard, the main artery connecting Southlake and Keller, where Smith lived.

Police have tied Smith to the incidents through witness identification and video of him using a credit card of one of the victims, Southlake police spokesman Mike Bedrich said.

One of the warrants seeks Smith's arrest on a charge of aggravated robbery for spraying an unknown substance in the victim's face, Bedrich said.

"Our portion of this is only a snippet of a larger unfortunate chain of events," he said.

Smith moved to Keller with his wife and children last spring, just months after his conduct came under scrutiny from the Utah Highway Patrol. His peace officer certification was revoked after he went on a drinking binge and threatened to kill himself.

The family moved to Keller in part because Smith's wife, Angela, has relatives in the area, according to Cindi Schut, a former neighbor in Utah.

In March, Tarrant County records show, Brian and Angela Smith obtained a $215,200 loan to buy a home, which has an appraised value of $276,100. The 3,300-square-foot home has five bedrooms and 3 ½ baths.

Friends, coworkers and neighbors of the former Utah state trooper struggled to make sense of the case.

In Utah, friends said they knew Smith as a good father who never lost his temper and coached youth soccer and basketball.

"This is a shock for everyone who knows Brian," said Michael Peterson, Smith's former bishop in the Mormon church. "Obviously, he was struggling with some things. But the Brian Smith that everyone around here knows would never have done any of these things."

A neighbor in Keller, Karen Baughman, said Smith and his family came to her door just last Sunday to offer Christmas cookies they'd brought from church — an act she described as typical.

"He was just hanging Christmas lights two weeks ago," she said. "I mean, this is dumbfounding."

Smith made it known that he had left law enforcement in Utah to take a job in sales with IBM in the Dallas area, Baughman said.

But nobody would have suspected problems in his past, she said, because he was such a clean-cut person. "When my husband offered him (a beer), he declined it, even though his family was still back in Utah," she said.

The IBM media relations office did not return a call seeking information on Smith's employment.

The Garland shooting Monday happened when a driver pulled up alongside a Nissan and shot and killed the Nissan's driver, 20-year-old Jorge "George" Lopez of Rowlett, said Garland police spokesman Joe Harn.

Three semitrailer drivers were later shot at on Interstate 635, and one of those three died. William Scott Miller, a 42-year-old married father of two from Frankfort, Ky., was on his way to catch a flight home to see his family for the holidays.

Harn said Garland police are still waiting for tests to determine if the gun Smith used on himself is the same one used in Lopez's death.

"I can tell you this: There's nothing telling us so far that it's not him," Harn said.

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/12/25/1225shooting.html

on: December 11, 2008, 01:00:10 PM 1251 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Man who killed tot 'just wanted to hurt someone'

CENTRAL TEXAS DIGEST

Man who killed tot 'just wanted to hurt someone'; Cap Metro OKs more rail spending.
COMPILED FROM STAFF REPORTS


Thursday, December 11, 2008

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

Man gets 50 years in girl's death

Timothy Moncebaiz, 28, pleaded guilty Wednesday and was sentenced to 50 years in prison for causing injuries that led to the death of a 3-year-old girl.

State District Judge Ken Anderson also found that Moncebaiz used his hand as a deadly weapon, which adds to the severity of the crime and means that Moncebaiz will have to serve 25 years before becoming eligible for parole.

On July 15, Moncebaiz was playing with his girlfriend's daughter, Angelica Ubillus. Under questioning by his attorney in court Wednesday, Moncebaiz said he swung Angelica and let her go because he "just wanted to hurt someone."

Moncebaiz said that when he let the girl go, she hit her head on a tree trunk, causing severe injuries. But he did not call for help or wake his girlfriend, he said. In the morning, Moncebaiz's girlfriend, Debora DaSilva, found the girl motionless but did not immediately call for help out of fear of losing her other three children, Moncebaiz testified. DaSilva eventually called police, but the child's injuries were so severe that doctors could not operate and she died, according to police.

DaSilva is in jail, charged with injury to a child by omission, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Bail is set at $500,000.

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/12/11/1211roundup.html

on: December 09, 2008, 11:10:45 AM 1252 Off Topic / Off Topic- News / Gov. Rod Blagojevich Arrested on Corruption Charges-Selling Senate Seat

Fitzgerald: 'New low' in Illinois politics

December 9, 2008 at 12:08 PM
 
U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald said today that federal authorities arrested Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich this morning because the governor went on "a political corruption crime spree" that needed to be stopped.

Fitzgerald said secret tape recordings showed Blagojevich was attempting "to sell the U.S. Senate seat" that President-elect Barack Obama recently vacated. Fitzgerald said, "We make no allegations" that Obama was aware of any alleged scheming by Blagojevich.

The governor has the sole power to pick Obama's replacement under the state constitution.

"The conduct would make Lincoln roll over in his grave," Fitzgerald said, quoting Blagojevich as saying the Senate seat is "a bleeping valuable thing. You just don't give it away. ... I've got this thing and it's bleeping golden."

Fitzgerald called the corruption charges against Blagojevich "a truly new low."

Blagojevich wasn't against the corrupt deal for the Senate seat, he was against "being stiffed in the corrupt deal," Fitzgerald said.

The remarks came at a news conference to discuss charges against Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris. Blagojevich and Harris are scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan.

Robert Grant, FBI special agent in charge of the Chicago office, characterized Illinois' place in the pantheon of political corruption.

"If it isn't the most corrupt state in the United States, it's certainly one hell of a competitor," Grant said. "Even the most cynical agents in our office were shocked."

Grant said he called Blagojevich about 6 a.m. and told the governor two FBI agents were outside his door and that they had a warrant for his arrest.

After initially asking, "Is this a joke?" Grant said, Blagojevich was "very cooperative."

Grant said the arrest of Blagojevich should serve as notice that "business as usual will no longer be tolerated. That selling your office for personal gain is a thing of the past."

Fitzgerald said the investigation into Blagojevich continues, but authorities acted today to avoid further harm taking place.

"I was not going to wait until March or April or May to get it all nice and tidy" and bring charges, he said. "I think that would be irresponsible."

Fitzgerald thanked the Chicago Tribune, which had been reporting on the investigation, for honoring a rare request about eight weeks ago not to report on certain aspects of the investigation that he said could have been jeopardized.

Tribune Editor Gerould Kern said today that the newspaper delayed publishing some stories at the request of the U.S. attorney's office during the course of reporting on the accelerating investigation of Blagojevich.

"On occasion, prosecutors asked us to delay publication of stories, asserting that disclosure would jeopardize the criminal investigation," Kern said. "In isolated instances, we granted the requests, but other requests were refused."

In the criminal complaint, authorities allege that Blagojevich and Harris sought to pressure the Tribune to fire editorial writers who were critical of his administration. Tribune Co. had been negotiating with the Illinois Finance Authority to purchase Wrigley Field as part of the company's efforts to sell the Cubs baseball team.

Kern said today he never experienced any pressure over the Tribune editorials.

"There was never an instance where I was contacted or called, where any influence at all was placed against me. There were no instances of that."

Kern said he became editor July 18 and since then there's "never been any hint of that. I was as surprised as everyone else when I saw that."

Kern said nobody from the Blagojevich administration ever contacted him about the editorials.

"I never got a complaint. I never got any contact whatsoever from Blagojevich, no complaint--nothing from inside Tribune Co."

Kern pointed out there were no staff reductions in the editorial board. "The facts are what they are."

-- Staff report

on: November 03, 2008, 02:11:22 PM 1253 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Colvin gets 10 years in fatal beating

Colvin gets 10 years in fatal beating
By steven kreytak |
Monday, November 3, 2008, 02:46 PM

A judge today followed a Travis County jury’s recommendation and sentenced Kurtiss Colvin to 10 years’ probation for aggravated assault in the fatal beating of David Morales in the aftermath of the 2007 Juneteenth celebration in East Austin.

State district Judge Wilford Flowers ordered Colvin to undergo anger management counseling and to stay away from the Booker T. Washington housing complex, where witnesses said Colvin punched Morales and knocked him unconscious.

Flowers also ordered Colvin to pay $5,000 for his court-appointed lawyers and $15,348 to pay for services provided to Morales’ family.

Flowers said he also told Colvin that jury members said after the trial ended Oct. 23 that Colvin was fortunate to get probation. Prosecutors dismissed a pending theft charge against Colvin, and he is expected to be released today from the Travis County Jail, where he has been locked up since July 2007.

Morales died of his injuries after the confrontation in the parking lot of the housing complex, but the jury acquitted Colvin of manslaughter Oct. 23 after his lawyers pointed to evidence that another person, who was convicted in juvenile court, leveled the punch that knocked Morales down for the final time.

The confrontation between Colvin and Morales came after Morales’ friend and co-worker Victor Medel hit a young boy while trying to drive from the crowded apartment complex at about 9:30 p.m. on June 19, 2007, according to testimony. Colvin was driving by in a car with friends and was summoned to the scene by a woman who announced that a man had hit a baby and was trying to leave, witnesses said.

While Colvin testified that he thought Morales was reaching in his pocket for a gun and several defense witnesses gave similar statements, a series of prosecution witnesses said that Colvin leveled an unprovoked punch that knocked Morales to the ground and apparently unconscious for several minutes.

Then, as Morales struggled to his feet, a younger assailant came and punched Morales again, causing his head to crack against the parking lot, witnesses said. Samuel Byrd, 16, pleaded “true” to manslaughter in juvenile court, the equivalent of guilty, and was sentenced to eight years’ probation.
http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/courts/index.html

on: November 03, 2008, 01:57:43 PM 1254 Off Topic / Off Topic- News / Castrated child molester in jail on porn charge

Castrated child molester in jail on porn charge
San Antonio man could have parole revoked.
By Mike Ward

AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF


Thursday, October 09, 2008

A convicted child molester whose campaign to be castrated spurred Texas to become the only state to allow the procedure for prison convicts is back behind bars, accused of possessing sexually explicit materials, authorities said Wednesday.

Larry Don McQuay, 44, was jailed in San Antonio after parole officials said they caught him early last month with "cards depicting individuals having sex, as well as (cards of) nude women" — a violation of the rules under which he was freed from prison three years ago, said Michelle Lyons, chief spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

A hearing was held Wednesday to determine whether McQuay's parole should be revoked, officials said. A decision is expected within the next two weeks.

"He had several violations: possession of sexually explicit materials, having a subscription to an outlet that provides sexually explicit materials, failure to comply with the sex offender treatment program for having those materials, and for having the contraband at the Bexar County work-release facility," Lyons said.

In 1995, McQuay gained notoriety after he volunteered to be castrated as a condition of a parole for which he had repeatedly been denied. McQuay, a former San Antonio school bus driver who at one point admitted molesting hundreds of children, served eight years of a 20-year sentence for sexually assaulting a child.

At the time, he insisted that the castration would stop his sexual urges for children; psychologists and doctors disagreed over whether the procedure would be effective.

In 1997, the Texas Legislature made voluntary castration available to convicts. Since then, three convicts have voluntarily undergone the procedure, including McQuay, who was surgically castrated a year before his release on parole.

Lyons said McQuay's release from prison before his sentence ended was because "his good time credits and his flat time (physical time behind bars) equaled the length of his sentence."

mward@statesman.com; 445-1718

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/10/09/1009mcquay.html?cxntlid=inform_artr
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Okay Frenchy, this is good discussion material.

Why don't you tell me again, how when someone is castrated they lose all desire for sex?

 Remember what I said in an earlier thread about how the Advocates in the US said that if a sex offender cannot use their penis, they will use something else at hand to rape the child and do more damage to them?  They still have the desire to hurt a child, even when castrated.  And you said no, they lose all desire for sex and leave them alone.  

Well, here's proof positive that they do not lose that desire.  Therefore, I win that debate. :P  ;D

And also it is not so much about sex, as it is about power and control.  Once an abuser, always an abuser, or to put it another way, once a rapist always a rapist.

on: November 03, 2008, 01:39:38 PM 1255 General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Exonerated inmates ask Texas to halt executions

Exonerated inmates ask Texas to halt executions
20 men ask state to formally study wrongful convictions
By Chuck Lindell

AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF


Saturday, November 01, 2008

Twenty wrongly convicted men, freed from death rows across the country, stood in the state Capitol on Friday to ask Texas to acknowledge that innocent people have been — and will be — sentenced to death.

The exonerated men, members of Witness to Innocence, a Philadelphia-based organization that is holding its annual meeting in Austin, want Texas to create a commission to search for wrongful convictions. And while the commission works, they want a moratorium on executions in the busiest death penalty state — with 419 executions since 1982 and six more scheduled this month.

"It's not something to be ashamed of, not something to be embarrassed by," said Ray Krone , who spent three years on Arizona's death row. "It's something to grow from and be proud of, that you can and will take that step to acknowledge mistakes and make it better."

Sam Millsap, former Bexar County district attorney, said he slowly came to believe that the death penalty must be abolished because of the growing number of exonerated death row inmates — 130 since 1973, including nine in Texas, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. "I am no longer convinced that our courts will in fact guarantee the protection of the innocent," Millsap said.

Millsap said he has taken responsibility for the 1993 execution of Ruben Cantu , a San Antonio man who Millsap said might have been innocent of a 1984 murder. The conviction was based on one eyewitness who later recanted, and no physical evidence tied Cantu to the crime, he said. "My decision to seek the death penalty was a mistake."

The most recent Texas exoneration was in September , when a Collin County court dismissed the capital murder case against Michael Blair , sentenced to die for the 1993 murder of 7-year-old Ashley Estell.

"It's a national problem, but a problem that has a distinct Texas face," state Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin, told the members of Witness to Innocence. Naishtat said he will introduce a bill next session to give the governor the power to declare a temporary moratorium on executions. He also promised to work on behalf of a bill by state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, to create a Texas innocence commission.

However, any bill to halt executions stands no chance of passing the Texas Legislature, Naishtat said. Capital punishment has substantial support in Texas. The 2007 Texas Crime Poll by Sam Houston State University found 74 percent of Texans support the death penalty. And 66 percent said they were confident that innocent people are protected from execution.

clindell@statesman.com, 912-2569
http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/nation/11/01/1101deathrow.html

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Pamee or Jeff,

What's the deal on these guys?  Were they exonerated or were there mistakes in the trials that got them off? ???

on: November 03, 2008, 01:33:44 PM 1256 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Austin police: Mom threw 4-year-old into road

Austin police: Mom threw 4-year-old into road
Woman charged with child endangerment after incident at Southpark Meadows.

By Joshunda Sanders, Emily Glazer

AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF


Friday, October 31, 2008

While waiting to get on a city bus with her three children Tuesday evening in South Austin, police say, Aurelia Gallardo beat and berated her oldest daughter before throwing her into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

The driver of the brown Suburban braked and did not strike the 4-year-old .

Gallardo, 24 , of Austin, has been charged with child endangerment, a state jail felony, and could face up to two years if convicted. Bail was set at $25,000.

"It's pretty outrageous when a parent loses composure to that degree," said police Sgt. Brian Loyd of the child abuse investigation unit. "We see some bad stuff on our unit, but this is new for us."

The incident happened about 6 p.m. Tuesday at a bus stop in the Southpark Meadows shopping center in the 200 block of Turk Lane , Loyd said.

According to an arrest affidavit, one witness at the bus stop said he saw Gallardo lift her daughter by the arm so forcefully that he thought the girl's arm "was going to dislocate out of the socket." The witness told police that Gallardo then violently threw the girl into the street and pulled her by her hair before throwing her into a parked vehicle.

The witness said Gallardo told her daughter, "You are dead to me" and "You are a slut."

Several witnesses called 911, Loyd said.

Once Gallardo boarded the bus, according to the affidavit, the bus driver said the woman was "yelling every four-letter word known" at the 4-year-old and was telling the girl that "CPS would take her away and that no one would want her."

Police stopped the city bus at South Congress Avenue and Ralph Ablanedo Drive a few blocks away and took Gallardo into custody, Loyd said.

Police have not yet interviewed the driver of the Suburban, who left the scene after realizing the girl was not injured. They were checking to see whether there is any surveillance video from the bus, Loyd said.

"Many parents are not equipped to handle the emotional stresses of a child and what to do in these situations," he said.

All of the physical or verbal abuse was directed solely at the 4-year-old, he said. The other two children, who police said are ages 2 and 3, were questioned, but Loyd said they were too young to verbalize what they may have seen. A family member said the younger children are 2 years old and 9 months old.

Loyd said all three children are in the custody of Child Protective Services .

Though Loyd said Gallardo has no criminal history, he said he "can't go into her CPS history."

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services spokesman Chris Van Deusen said officials could not release information about any history of child abuse reports at the address where Gallardo has been living.

Neighbors on South First Street said they had repeatedly heard yelling from the house and the sidewalk near it.

At that address, a man who identified himself as Gallardo's cousin, Ruben Davila, expressed disbelief and said Gallardo and her children have been "having a hard time."

Davila said Gallardo had been staying with him and his aunt in South Austin for a month and a half. Before that, he said, she had been living with her children at the Salvation Army. He said Gallardo was under stress trying to find a job and day care for her children.

"She's raised her voice in front of the kids, but I've never seen her abuse them," he said. "I think this whole thing is just something that got blown out of proportion."

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on: November 03, 2008, 01:30:21 PM 1257 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Did inaction help Oklahoma inmate flee Granite prison?

Did inaction help Oklahoma inmate flee Granite prison?
Official failed to act on ‘gut feeling’


Comments BY RON JACKSON
Published: November 2, 2008

MANGUM — Bobbi Parker’s life might have been forever altered had the former Oklahoma State Reformatory warden acted on a gut feeling 14 years ago.

Bobbi Parker, a prison official's wife accused of helping a convicted killer escape and then living on the lam with him for more than a decade, waits in a Greer County courtroom for a preliminary hearing to determine whether or not she should face a trial, in Mangum, Okla., Monday, Oct. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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Jack Crowley recalled that fateful moment last week as he testified at a preliminary hearing that ended with Parker ordered to trial, accused of helping the late convicted killer Randolph Franklin Dial escape from the Granite prison on Aug. 30, 1994.

Parker, 46, will enter a formal plea Thursday in Greer County.

"One day I drove down ‘The Line’ — that’s what we called the row of housing units where many of the higher-ranking prison staffers lived,” testified Crowley, recalling an otherwise nondescript summer day in 1994. "I noticed Bobbi Parker and Randolph Dial sitting on the front porch together drinking coffee.

"Looking back now, I remember how it struck me. I had just about determined it was time to move him. Then, the very next week, he escaped.”

Parker — the wife of deputy warden Randy Parker — drove a van from the prison grounds. Dial sat crouched on the floorboard as they passed a guard tower. Ever since, a debate has raged over whether Parker willingly ran off with Dial or was kidnapped and held against her will.

In April 2005, Parker and Dial were found living together on a Campti, Texas, chicken farm. Parker maintains her innocence and said Dial threatened to use his connections to harm her husband and two daughters if she ever left him or turned him in. She returned to her family after she and Dial were found.

Crowley has maintained his skepticism.

"It wasn’t a kidnapping,” Crowley said. "No. 1, I knew Dial wasn’t capable of kidnapping someone like that. Then there was the talk — you hear things — and what I saw. So it all came together. I really never had any other opinion.”


Security override

Ironically, Crowley is the one who approved a "security override” in July 1994 that placed Dial in minimum security. Despite his first-degree murder conviction, Dial maneuvered himself into a comfortable prison lifestyle thanks to his talents as a painter and sculptor.

Crowley had given Dial permission to create an inmate-operated pottery industry, a project designed to make money for the prison and rehabilitate inmates. He named Bobbi Parker the project’s "sponsor,” and allowed Dial to produce his first works out of a makeshift shop in Parker’s garage.

"Randolph worked next to my own family, my kids,” Crowley once told Oklahoma author Charles Sasser. "I didn’t have him anywhere I wouldn’t trust him with my own family.”

Crowley testified that he monitored the project’s progress through regular conversations with Randy Parker, but he now regrets not having more direct contact with Bobbi Parker.

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on: November 03, 2008, 01:25:07 PM 1258 General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / Police seek more info about 5 found shot in California

Nov 3, 3:38 PM EST


Police seek more info about 5 found shot in Calif.

By THOMAS WATKINS

Associated Press Writer
 
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Family members and friends seeking answers and solace descended Monday on a homeless encampment where five people were shot to death over the weekend, and police hoped an anonymous caller would come forward and say more.

"There is still a demon out there killing innocent people," said Don Morgan, 58, who said he was friends with the victims but wasn't homeless himself. "Satan was here that day."

The bodies of three men and two women were found Sunday in the camp, which is between commercial buildings and the 405 Freeway and appears to be reachable only by a drainage channel.

Authorities have not released identities of the victims or a possible motive.

Ilager McMoore, 42, said his niece, Vanessa Malaepule, was one of the victims. He said police told him Malaepule was found under the body of her boyfriend, as though he tried to shield her during the shooting.

McMoore said Malaepule was not homeless but liked to visit the encampment. "She would talk to anyone, always got that pretty laugh," McMoore said.

Several tent poles surrounded a length of old carpet in the camp. A shrine for one of the victims featured a picture of a woman placed atop yellow flowers and surrounded by lit candles.

Police found the bodies after a man called anonymously from a pay phone about 8:30 a.m. Sunday and directed them to the scene.

"We're still trying to find out who that person was, we would love for them to come forward," Deputy Police Chief Robert Luna said. "We believe they have more information than what they gave us."

Every day thousands of people drive by the scene near the intersection of the 405 and 710 freeways, but heavy brush hides the encampment. The crime had no apparent eyewitnesses, but some neighbors reported hearing gunfire and yelling early Sunday.

"I heard the gunshots first, and then I heard the screaming," neighbor Tippi Briggs told KNBC-TV. "I heard a guy yell 'Come on, let's go, get in the car, let's go' and then I heard the car, it just sped down the street."

The bodies were at the coroner's office Monday, where investigators were trying to identify them and recover evidence. Some of the victims had been shot more than once, said Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the coroner's office.

 
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on: November 03, 2008, 01:11:44 PM 1259 Across the Globe / World Crime Related News / Girl, 14, shot dead in Mexican resort

Girl, 14, shot dead in Mexican resort
Gang-style attack in Acapulco also kills man; 2 others hospitalized

ACAPULCO, Mexico - A 14-year-old girl has died in a shooting attack two blocks from the main coastal boulevard in Mexico's Pacific coast resort of Acapulco.

Prosecutors said a 35-year-old man also died in the attack, in which gunmen traveling in a sport utility vehicle fired at a hardware store. The girl does not appear to have been the target.

Two other men are being treated at local hospitals for wounds suffered in the attack.

The Monday attack was the latest in a wave of gang-style shootings which have claimed the lives of minors in Mexico.

In June, a 12-year-old girl was killed in the crossfire of a drug shootout in the border city of Ciudad Juarez. A 4-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl were killed in Tijuana in January

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on: November 03, 2008, 01:08:08 PM 1260 Across the Globe / World Crime Related News / Gunmen kill 11 in Mexico bar rampage

Gunmen kill 11 in Mexico bar rampage
Deadly shooting occurs in area at center of crackdown on drug cartels


updated 2:23 a.m. CT, Sat., Oct. 11, 2008
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - Gunmen opened fire in a bar in northern Mexico, killing 11 people, and a newspaper editor was found shot to death on the side of a highway in two separate attacks, police said Friday.

Police had not uncovered a motive or detained suspects in either shooting.

The body of 40-year-old Miguel Angel Villagomez, owner and editor of La Noticia newspaper in the western state of Michoacan, was found late Thursday near a highway in the neighboring state of Guerrero, police said. He had been shot three times, including once in the head.

Shortly before midnight Thursday, unidentified assailants walked into the Rio Rosas bar in the northern city of Chihuahua and began shooting indiscriminately, said Eduardo Esparza, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office in Chihuahua state.

Chihuahua state has seen hundreds of murders this year as the government attempts to crack down on warring drug cartels. On Aug. 16, gunmen killed 13 people, including a 1-year-old child, at a dance hall in Creel, a picturesque town along a canyon railway popular with tourists.

The Inter-American Press Association said Friday it was outraged by Villagomez's slaying and urged authorities to investigate immediately.

The group noted that since 2006, two journalists have been killed in Michoacan and three have disappeared. Michoacan has suffered heavily from drug turf battles and cartel killings.

'Unusual' level of violence
In Tijuana, another city plagued by cartel violence, authorities reported on Friday that a total of 91 people have been killed in a wave of gangland homicides since Sept. 26.

Baja California state Attorney General Rommel Moreno called the level of violence "critical and unusual," and said that 11 handwritten messages left next to many of the victims appear to have written by the same person.

The same firearms appear to have been used in about two-thirds of the killings.

Of those cases in which a cause of death has been established, 52 died of gunshots, 19 were strangled, 9 were beaten to death, 6 were suffocated and 5 decapitated.

In one case, authorities said they found human teeth and other remains inside barrels of acid left on a Tijuana street, but investigations continue into that case and those remains were not included in the totals
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More Mexican crime, with drug cartels and murder and not death penalty in Mexico.  They can go to prison and live like kings on bribing the corrupt prison system till they get out, with no death penalty to worry about. Why not commit the crimes?  Don't worry, be happy! ::)
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