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  • Rutgers Witness Says Others Were Urged to Spy on Tyler Clementi

    Rutgers Witness Says Others Were Urged to Spy on Tyler Clementi

    (NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) — Rutgers students testified Tuesday that Dharun Ravi urged other students to spy on his roommate’s gay date, while defense lawyers suggested a key witness agreed to testify against Ravi in exchange for having criminal charges against her dropped. Ravi is on trial for invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering and hindering arrest for allegedly using his webcam to spy on his freshman roommate Tyler Clementi during a date with another man. Part of the charges against Ravi include that he tweeted about what he saw when he peeked through his webcam and that he allegedly […]

  • Congress Honors Slave Labor That Built Capitol

    Congress Honors Slave Labor That Built Capitol

    (WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Capitol Tuesday added a physical acknowledgment of the role slave labor played in the construction of the building. Leaders from both parties and both houses of Congress unveiled a commemorative marker in the Capitol Visitors Center to pay tribute to those who put the building up. The marker features a single block of sandstone, once part of the Capitol’s East Front portico, placed in reverse position so that the original chisel marks, done by those who built the building, are clearly visible. The construction of the Capitol relied heavily on slave labor. “Through the unveiling of […]

  • Ohio School Shooter Chose Victims ‘Randomly,’ Prosecutor Says

    Ohio School Shooter Chose Victims ‘Randomly,’ Prosecutor Says

    (CHARDON, Ohio) — The teenager who allegedly killed three students and wounded two others when he shot up his Ohio school cafeteria did not know his victims and “chose them randomly,” a prosecutor said Tuesday. The statement was made during suspect T.J. Lane’s first appearance in juvenile court Tuesday. During the appearance, the judge did not allow Lane to be shown on camera and the prosecutor did not provide a motive for the lethal shooting spree. But at a news conference shortly after the court hearing, prosecutor David Joyce said, “This is not about bullying. This is not about drugs. […]

  • Bruno Mars Prosecutor Gets Nine Months on Drug Charges

    Bruno Mars Prosecutor Gets Nine Months on Drug Charges

    (LAS VEGAS) — A former Las Vegas prosecutor who handled high-profile drug cases against Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars will experience another side of the justice system after being ordered to spend nine months in jail on felony crack possession charges. During a sentencing hearing Tuesday, former Deputy District Attorney David Schubert apologized to the court for what he called a “tragedy,” then stood in silence while Clark County District Judge Carolyn Ellsworth handed down his sentence. Ellsworth ordered Schubert to serve three years of probation, which includes paying a $5,000 fine and spending nine months in the county jail […]

  • Ohio School Shooting Death Toll Rises to Three

    Ohio School Shooting Death Toll Rises to Three

    (CHARDON, Ohio) — The toll in the Chardon High School shooting grew Tuesday with the death of a third shooting victim. Russell King and Demetrius Hewlin, students wounded in Monday’s shooting, died Tuesday morning, officials said. “We are very saddened by the loss of our son and others in our Chardon community,” Hewlin’s family said in a statement. “Demetrius was a happy young man who loved life and his family and friends. We will miss him very much but we are proud that he will be able to help others through organ donation.” They added, “We ask that you respect […]

  • Nurses Will Likely Sue Douglas Kennedy, Attorney Says

    Nurses Will Likely Sue Douglas Kennedy, Attorney Says

    (NEW YORK) — A lawyer for two nurses who claim they were physically abused by Robert F. Kennedy’s son Douglas Kennedy in a tussle over his infant said they are likely to sue as two new witnesses came forward to back up their story. Attorney Elliot Taub said the new witnesses will corroborate his clients’ version of the Jan. 7 confrontation. The nurses allege Kennedy twisted one’s wrist and kicked the other while they tried to prevent him from taking his 2-day old son from the maternity ward at Northern Westchester Hospital in New York. Kennedy has said he was […]

  • Rutgers Witness ‘Overwhelmed’ When Told Tyler Clementi Feared Dead

    Rutgers Witness ‘Overwhelmed’ When Told Tyler Clementi Feared Dead

    (NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) — Rutgers University student Molly Wei, who spied on fellow student Tyler Clementi as he kissed another man, told a New Jersey court on Tuesday that she was “overcome with emotion” when police told her Clementi may have committed suicide. Wei is a key witness in the trial of Dahrun Ravi, another Rutgers student who is on trial for invasion of privacy, bias intimidation, witness tampering and hindering arrest. The case gained national prominence when Clementi, a freshman, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge several days later and the story became a focal point […]