Florida Supreme Court won't reinstate death penalty for killers once sentenced to execution
MIAMI — The Florida Supreme Court won’t be returning dozens of convicted murderers to death row.In two decisions on Wednesday that clarified months of confusion, justices said they did not have the legal authority to reinstate the death penalty for the killers who had previously been on death row, but had sentences tossed out because of legal questions over whether juries must be unanimous in meting out the ultimate punishment.In one of the cases, against convicted Orange County murderer [Bessman Okafor](“We acknowledge the burden that resentencing proceedings will place on the victims of Okaf...
Minneapolis police restrict use of 'no-knock' search and arrest warrants
MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police officers will face restrictions on entering a person’s home unannounced under a new policy banning most “no-knock” search warrants, the latest attempt by city leaders to reform police practices in the wake of George Floyd’s killing.The change would, for the first time, establish clear expectations for MPD officers prior to crossing the threshold of a home, limiting the controversial procedure that Louisville police used during the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor last March.Mayor Jacob Frey called the move “overdue.”“This is really about proactive policymaking,...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
A 911 hoax described a mass shooter at a school. It was a 'bored' teen, cops say
MIAMI — Police say a bored teenager is to blame for a hoax 911 call claiming a gunman was rampaging through a Hialeah, Florida, charter school, forcing a lockdown, terrifying students and spurring SWAT officers to rush to the campus.Hialeah detectives on Tuesday night arrested the teen, a 13-year-old student at Lincoln-Martí Charter School who they say admitted he and another young man “swatted” the school. Swatting is slang for a dangerous prank sometimes played by online gamers who call in threats to force heavily armed police officers to respond.“The defendant’s actions caused mass hysteria...
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to federal crimes
The company responsible for thousands of overdose deaths at the hands of its drug OxyContin pleaded guilty to federal crimes Tuesday.Purdue Pharma, owned and operated by the Sackler family while it pushed the painkilling opioid to addicts, formally admitted to the federal charges as part of a plea agreement signed in October.The settlement also requires Purdue to pay $8.3 billion to the federal government, but that probably won’t happen because Purdue declared bankruptcy last year, the Wall Street Journal reported. Its remaining money is being saved to pay the numerous states, cities and count...
New York Daily News
Deadly shooting bumps Atlanta's homicide count to highest since 2003
ATLANTA — Atlanta recorded its 130th homicide Tuesday, making 2020 the deadliest year on record in nearly two decades with more than a month to go.City officials have struggled to curb the spike in violence this year, which surged over the summer with several high-profile deaths — including those of Rayshard Brooks and 8-year-old Secoriea Turner. Since then, Atlanta’s homicides have continued at a steady rate, with police investigating at least eight fatal shootings in November alone.Atlanta hasn’t seen homicide counts this high since 2003, when there were 148 killings across the city, records...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
New on DVD: Nostalgic picks for holiday gifts
As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, nostalgia continues to be essential pop culture comfort food. Consider these DVD picks, all out Dec. 1, for anyone on your gift-giving list (or yourself).“Beverly Hills Cop”: 1984 comedy starring Eddie Murphy as a police officer avenging his best friend’s murder has been remastered in 4K.“Blade”: The 1998 action/horror film starring Wesley Snipes as a vampire hunter out to seek justice for his mother’s death is being rereleased with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack.“Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection”: Collection includes 60 theatrical shorts and intervie...
Tribune News Service
David Dinkins, New York City's first black mayor, dies at 93
NEW YORK — David Dinkins, whose historic 1989 victory as New York City’s first and only black mayor was quickly eclipsed by rising crime and racial turmoil that doomed his re-election, died Monday at his home, police said. He was 93.His death comes a little more than a month after his wife, Joyce, passed away on Oct. 11.Dinkins, in his two decades after leaving City Hall, kept a busy schedule but a relatively low profile — teaching at Columbia University, doing charity work and making occasional appearances.His autobiography “A Mayor’s Life: Governing New York’s Gorgeous Mosaic” was published ...
New York Daily News
Former San Francisco cop charged with manslaughter in on-duty 2017 shooting
SAN FRANCISCO — Christopher Samayoa, a former San Francisco police officer who was just weeks on the job when he shot and killed a 42-year-old man during a 2017 chase, is being charged with manslaughter and other felonies in the shooting, prosecutors revealed Monday.San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced the charges at a news conference Monday, marking the first occasion the office has charged an officer in connection with an on-duty fatality, he said. Samayoa has not yet been arrested but Boudin said he expects the former officer to surrender for booking later this week.Samayo...
The Mercury News
Federal prosecutors charge 15 alleged Philly mobsters with racketeering, drug dealing and extortion
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia mob has limped along on life support for the past decade, its former leaders, Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi and Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino, out of the picture after high-profile federal prosecutions.But reports of La Cosa Nostra’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, according to a federal grand jury indictment unsealed Monday by U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain. In fact, the mafia was adding new soldiers to its ranks as recently as 2015, prosecutors say, in ceremonies overseen by veterans of those former regimes.Fifteen mobsters have been indicted on racketeeri...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: Rudy's bitter end: A former friend and staffer tracks the mayor's sad decline
I don’t care about Rudy Giuliani’s amateur-hour press conference outside Four Seasons Total Landscaping or his need for a cut man at last Thursday’s presser to stanch the flow of hair dye down his cheeks. I don’t care that he tucked in his shirt while lying on a hotel bed with a woman in the room young enough to be his granddaughter. (Okay, I do care about that.)I don’t even care all that much that he was rusty in court after not litigating a case in 30 years. And neither should you.I care that Rudy’s meritless, baseless legal arguments allege widespread, nationwide election fraud without proo...
New York Daily News