Facing potentially decades in prison, R. Kelly 'hopeful' despite jail beating, COVID-19 lockdown
CHICAGO — Beleaguered singer R. Kelly is to go to trial on federal racketeering charges in New York in just four months, but already he’s feeling the squeeze.Facing the potential of decades in prison, Kelly is back on lockdown at Chicago’s federal jail because of a new COVID-19 outbreak. His repeated attempts to win release on bond pending trial have been denied. And he still suffers headaches and pain from a recent beating at the hands of a fellow inmate, his lawyers say.“Mentally, he’s probably in as bad of shape as I’ve seen him,” Kelly’s lead attorney, Steven Greenberg, said last week. “Hi...
'Sheriff, hurry up please.' Disabled man battles intruder as cops wait down the street
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — He had just stepped from the shower and was settling in for the night when he caught a glimpse of a figure outside his window.Seventy-year-old Bill Norkunas, a childhood polio survivor, headed over to the light and flicked it on hoping to scare away whoever was there. Instead, the light was a beacon drawing a young man to his front door, a door made of glass.And then for the next 15 minutes, Norkunas stood there, barefoot and unclothed, with his crutches, on one side of the glass pane trying to steady a gun in his trembling hand while the stranger stood on the other sid...
Second person dies after Black Friday shooting at Sacramento mall
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A second person has died after being wounded in a shooting inside Arden Fair during the height of Black Friday shopping in what was described as a targeted and isolated attack.The victim, a 17-year-old male, was pronounced dead at a hospital several hours later, the Sacramento Police Department said Saturday morning. The other victim, identified by police as a 19-year-old male, was pronounced dead at the mall by Sacramento Fire Department personnel.On Friday night, shoppers and workers quickly evacuated the sprawling shopping hub following the shooting at 6:11 p.m., which ...
The Sacramento Bee
Cosby spokesman creates video comparing comedian's conviction to racist cops
A spokesman for Bill Cosby posted a bizarre, 100-second Instagram video Friday equating racist police officers to allegedly biased jurists who in 2018 convicted his client of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman.“In this 21st century, we have witnessed the senseless murders of black men and women at the hands of a few bad law enforcement officers — but (that’s) not all,” says spokesman Andrew Wyatt. “We have witnessed the unjust conviction and incarceration of a true American treasure and citizen, actor-comedian Bill Cosby, and we are witnessing a pandemic unlike anything we have seen in o...
New York Daily News
Georgia hot car death case featured in documentary ahead of motion for new trial
ATLANTA — When they got the news that would change their lives forever, Evelyn Harris didn’t say a word. Her husband, Reggie, wailed in agony. She stayed quiet.“My husband fell to his knees and I was catatonic,” said Evelyn Harris, recalling the summer afternoon six years ago when she found out her grandson, Cooper, was dead and her son, Justin Ross Harris, was suspected of his murder. “I kept saying, ‘it’s not real. It’s not real.’ I didn’t even absorb it. It took awhile for me to come with grips that it was a reality.”In December 2016, Justin Ross Harris was sentenced to life in prison plus ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia Trump supporters fight on in court
ATLANTA — Supporters of Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the results of the presidential election in Georgia say they have filed a federal lawsuit that accuses top state officials of abetting voter fraud.The lawsuit says Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger rushed to buy new election software that played a big role in a scheme “illegally and fraudulently manipulating the vote count to make certain the election of Joe Biden as president of the United States.”A separate lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Fulton County Superior Court, also seeks to overturn the presidential electio...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Editorial: Flynn's free pass: Trump's pardon of his formal national security adviser is dastardly
Of course Donald Trump, who has repeatedly abused his boundless clemency power to reward friends and political allies and protect himself, pardoned Michael Flynn, his national security adviser who pleaded guilty in two separate court admissions to making false statements to the FBI. Expect enough dirty dealings on Trump’s way out to make the Marc Rich affair look as clean as a newly disinfected city subway car.But remember what Flynn did: During the presidential transition period, he had conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, discussing the relaxation of U.S. sanctions th...
New York Daily News
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...