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  • Women Sentenced in Baby Selling Case

    Women Sentenced in Baby Selling Case

    (SAN DIEGO) — A prominent San Diego, Calif., reproductive rights attorney was sentenced to prison Friday for her role in an international baby-selling scheme that fraudulently placed a dozen babies in homes. Theresa Erickson, 43, was sentenced to five months in prison, followed by nine more to be spent in home confinement. She was also fined $70,000. Her two partners in the scheme, Hilary Neiman, 32, a Maryland attorney, and Carla Chambers, 51, of Las Vegas, were given one year sentences. The women will spend five months in prison and the remainder in home confinement. Neiman was sentenced in December. […]

  • Gay Texas Judge Refuses to Perform Marriage Ceremonies

    Gay Texas Judge Refuses to Perform Marriage Ceremonies

    (DALLAS) — Texas Judge Tonya Parker cannot legally marry a woman in her state, so she refuses to perform any marriage ceremonies until there is equality. She finds it “oxymoronic” to perform a ceremony that cannot be performed for her. Parker, an openly gay judge, told a group at a Stonewall Democrats of Dallas meeting Tuesday that when she turns a couple away, she uses it as an opportunity to teach them a lesson about marriage equality. “I don’t perform marriage ceremonies because we are in a state that does not have marriage equality and until it does, I’m not […]

  • Michael Jackson’s Former Doctor Denied Bail

    Michael Jackson’s Former Doctor Denied Bail

    (LOS ANGELES) — Dr. Conrad Murray, convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop icon Michael Jackson, will have to remain behind bars while he appeals his conviction, a judge said Friday. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor denied the request of Murray’s attorneys to release him on bail while he appeals his four year sentence. Pastor called Murray a flight risk and a danger to society if he ever practiced medicine again, the Associated Press reported. Murray, 59, was not present at the hearing. The former doctor of the King of Pop has been serving his four year sentence […]

  • US Capitol Rotunda Closed as Police Investigate White Powder

    US Capitol Rotunda Closed as Police Investigate White Powder

    (WASHINGTON) — The rotunda at the U.S. Capitol has reopened to pedestrian traffic after a white powdery substance discovered Friday morning just steps away from the office of the Speaker of the House was determined to be harmless. How harmless? The substance that prompted Capitol Police to close down the rotunda was in fact just candy from a candy necklace. “Rotunda clear,” Kimberly Schneider, U.S. Capitol Police public information officer, confirmed in an email. “Candy from a candy necklace.” Officers in hazmat suits responded to the scene to test the powder. As officers investigated, tourists and congressional staffers in the […]

  • Opening Statements Kick Off in Tyler Clementi Cyberbullying Trial

    Opening Statements Kick Off in Tyler Clementi Cyberbullying Trial

    (NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) — Opening statements are set to begin Friday in a New Jersey courtroom for the trial of Dharun Ravi, the Rutgers University student who’s accused of cyberbullying his gay roommate, Tyler Clementi. Clementi jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22, 2010, three days after Ravi, using a webcam, captured and streamed an intimate encounter between Clementi and another man.  The freshman’s suicide struck a growing anti-bullying nerve in America and became a blog-driven lightning rod for outrage in the gay community. Although not charged in Clementi’s death, Ravi, 19, faces up to […]

  • Maryland Ready to Become Eighth State to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

    Maryland Ready to Become Eighth State to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

    (ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — Maryland is on the verge of becoming the latest state to legalize same-sex marriage. On Thursday, the Maryland state Senate voted 25 to 22 to allow gay and lesbian nuptials, coming on the heels of the House of Delegates passing a similar measure by a 72 to 67 vote. It’s guaranteed to become law since Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley has promised to sign the bill when it reaches his desk. However, just as in Washington state, which recently passed same-sex marriage legislation, homosexuals may have to wait until November to go to the altar if opponents of […]

  • Alabama Cops Claim Grandma, Mom Ran 9-Year-Old Girl to Death

    Alabama Cops Claim Grandma, Mom Ran 9-Year-Old Girl to Death

    (GADSDEN, Ala.) — In what prosecutors are describing as a horrific case of child abuse, two women are facing murder charges in the death of a 9-year-old who authorities say was ordered to run for three hours until she collapsed. Savannah Hardin became so dehydrated after running last Friday, according to police in Gadsden, Ala., that she had a seizure and died a few days later. The little girl was allegedly being punished by her grandmother, 46-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard, and her mom, 27-year-old Jessica Mae Hardin, for having lied about stealing some candy. It’s unclear to prosecutors whether Savannah […]