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Venus Iraheta, 17, MS-13 gang-member filmed herself stabbing love rival, 15, 13 times, screaming ‘I’ll see you in hell’ 10 gangsters arrested in revenge killing

MS-13 gang member narrated and filmed murder of 15-year-old girl in Virginia, earlier this year FBI agent testifies

The gang of ten allegedly tricked Rivas into the woods, then killed her in retaliation for the slaying of 21-year-old Christian Sosa Rivas on New Year’s Eve in Prince William county, Va

10 suspects aged 15 to 21, arrested in torture, murder of Damaris Reyes Rivas, on Jan 8, 2017

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Mubashra Uddin, 20, threw her newborn baby to its death from a window after hiding the pregnancy and birth from her religious parents escapes jail

Mubashra Uddin, was accused of throwing her newborn baby to its death in 2015, from an 8 floor window in Chicago, IL

The  20-year-old Muslim woman, hid the pregnancy and birth from her religious parents

She pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter of a family member Thursday

The college student kept her pregnancy secret because she knew her Pakistani-born parents wouldn’t approve

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Disabled Cancer patient: Hannah Cohen, 19, bloodied and bruised by over zealous Memphis airport security and locked up in jail for a night

Hannah Cohen, 19, disabled teenage cancer patient was traveling home to Chattanooga, Tenn. on June 30, 2015 after receiving a final round of radiation for a brain tumor at St. Jude’s hospital when she set off the the metal detector at the Memphis International Airport.

TSA agents told Hannah they needed to take her to a “sterile area” where they could search her, but the disabled teen was “confused” and tried “to get away from” the officers, her mother, Shirley Cohen, said.

Family’s attorneys say her mother attempted to explain to the officers that the teen was impaired from radiation treatment, which left her deaf, blind in one eye and partially paralyzed while the situation escalated .

Hannah and her mother, Shirley, reported that they had made the trip hundreds of times, and knew the airport security routine well. Shirley would usually go through the scanner first and wait for Hannah on the other side, since Hannah’s tumor, and numerous surgeries and treatments since she was two years old, had left her easily confused and frightened in unfamiliar situations.
According to the complaint, the warning alarm was triggered when Hannah passed through the body scanners. Hannah attributed the alarm to her shirt’s design.

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“My shirt – it had sequins,” Hannah

“You could see on the screen what it was pointing out,” Shirley said.

Seeing the scene begin to unfold, Shirley hobbled to a supervisor standing nearby. “She is a St Jude’s patient, and she can get confused,” she said. “Please be gentle. If I could just help her, it will make things easier.”

But soon, a voice on the public address system requested more agents to report to the checkpoint, Shirley said. “That’s when the armed guards came.”

The brain tumor had left Hannah blind in one eye, deaf in one ear and partially paralyzed, so when the guards grabbed each of her arms, it startled her, she said. “I tried to push away,” she said. “I tried to get away.”

The guards slammed Hannah to the ground, smashing her face into the floor, which the complaint alleges left her “physically and emotionally” injured.

Shirley had just picked up her phone from the conveyor belt, and she snapped a photo of Hannah on the floor: handcuffed, weeping and bleeding.

“Another guard pushed me back 20ft, in my boot, and told me I couldn’t be nearby,” said Shirley, a professor of nursing at a university in Chattanooga.

“I felt so helpless. I sat down on a bench facing away so I couldn’t see what they were doing to my daughter.”

The lawsuit alleges that the TSA did not give Hannah adequate accommodation to screen her, and discriminated against her because of her disability. It names the TSA and the Memphis-Shelby County airport authority and seeks damages that include medical expenses and for personal injury, both physical and emotional. It calls for a “reasonable sum not exceeding $100,000 and costs”, and an undisclosed punitive amount.

The TSA has not yet responded to the complaint.

Hannah disappeared behind a door, then went to a hospital, and finally to the Shelby County jail. After 24 hours apart, the mother and daughter were reunited in the parking lot of the jail.

Shirley said she held her daughter, who sobbed, “I’m sorry, Mama.”

The next morning – now two days without their belongings, which had made the flight home – the pair appeared before a local judge, who asked the accused to explain herself.

When Hannah responded, the judge said: “You’re going to have to speak up.”

That’s when Hannah looked up and her hair fell back from her face, revealing her unseeing eye, surrounded by cuts and contusions.

“The judge’s eyes got big and round,” Shirley said.

The charges were all dropped two days later, and the court refunded the $250 in costs the family had paid.

The TSA did not immediately return a request for comment. But a TSA spokeswoman, Sari Koshetz, said in a statement that “passengers can call ahead of time to learn more about the screening process for their particular needs or medical situation”.

“Why should I do that when we’ve been going through that airport for 17 years?” Shirley said.

“These people think they are God. They think they can do anything they want,” she said. “Well, in this country we have the Americans with Disabilities Act. And if they will do this to a disabled girl, does that mean they’ll do it to an 80-year-old grandmother? It’s time for justice.”

shooter in Maryland arrested, Federal Police officer with Homeland Eulalio Tordil, 62, arrested

Federal Police officer with Homeland Eulalio Tordil, 62, arrested after a

2-day shooting spree in PG and Montgomery counties, suburban Maryland

Three people critically wounded 3 dead in three seperate shootings
Enstranged school teacher wife, Gladys Tordil, 44, one of the fatalities – her death witnessed by school age daughter
Cops ‘believe’Tordil is responsible for all shootings

Eulalio Tordil, 62, a suspect in three fatal shootings in Maryland taken into custod

Police arrest federal security officer suspected of embarking on shooting spree in Maryland, killing two people and injuring one – 24 hours after he gunned down his estranged wifeEulalio Tordil, 62, was arrested without incident Friday afternoon in the parking lot of a Dunkin’ Donuts in Aspen Hill, Maryland
He had been on the run since Thursday afternoon, when he fatally shot his ex-wife and injured a bystander outside of a Beltsville high school in neighboring Prince Georges County.
Police say they have ‘reason to believe’ Tordil was responsible for two other shootings Friday morning in Maryland.  The first shooting of Friday, happened at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda; a man was killed and two others injured in that shooting
Thirty minutes later, a woman was killed outside the Giant grocery store five miles away in Aspen Hill.  Police later arrested Eulalio Tordil, 62, near the location of the third shooting  outside a Dunkin’ Donuts store in Aspen Hill, Maryland shortly before 3pm on Friday.
At an afternoon press conference, police said a plain clothes officer spotted Tordil’s vehicle while searching the area around the third shooting scene Friday afternoon.
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Police take Eulalio Tordil, 62, a suspect in three fatal shootings in the Washington, D.C., area into custody in Bethesda, Md., Friday, May 6, 2016.
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Eulalio Tordil shot his wife, 44-year-old Gladys Tordil

That officer then saw a man matching Tordil’s description inside a nearby Dunkin’ Donuts. Police kept surveillance on the man until he exited the restaurant and they arrested him without incident as he returned to his car.
Police say they have ‘reason to believe’ that he was responsible for the shootings at Westfield Montgomery Mall and the Giant grocery store just across the street from where he was arrested in Aspen Hill.
Two people have died and two more are injured in both of those Friday shootings, bring the toatl number of fatalities to 3 in the two day shooting rampage.  Other tha 44 year old Gladys Tordil, none of the victims have been identified.

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Eulalio Tordil shot his wife, 44-year-old Gladys Tordil, to death on May 5, 2016, in the parking lot of High Point High School in Beltsville, Maryland.

McSwain added that investigators have “no reason to believe the victims knew the suspect.”
Tordil, 62, was a federal security office, but was on leave from his job since March, when his estranged wife filed a restraining order against him. Eulalio Tordil 62, allegedly shot and  killed his estranged wife and wounding a man on Thursday, outside a Beltsville, Md.

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The scene of Friday’s Maryland mall shooting.

The mall and the high school are approximately 12 miles apart.
Tordil is an employee of the Federal Protective Service, which offers security at federal properties.
The Federal Protective Service says Tordil was put on administrative duties in March after a protective order was issued against him.

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Four people were shot at two locations in Montgomery County, Maryland on Friday, with two fatalities

The first happened Thursday at High Point High School in Beltsville. The next morning, a man was killed and two people injured at a shooting at the Westfield Mall. Thirty minutes later, a woman was killed in a shooting at the Giant grocery in Aspen Hills

The second shooting happened just before 11am on Friday, at the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. According the eports the gunman approached the woman who was walking into the Macy’s at the Westfield mall with a gun and asked her where she was going. When she ignored him, he reached into his car and started shooting. Two men responded to her screams and were also shot by the suspect. All three were taken to the hospital in critical condition. One of the men later died.
Just 30 minutes later, officers were called to another shooting at the Giant grocery store five miles away in Aspen Hill, where a woman was killed. That woman was reportedly approached by a man who asked ‘Is this your car?’ who then opened fire.
A woman was approached going into the mall on Friday morning and shot by the gunman. Two men that ran to her aid were also shot. One of those men has since died and the other

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University Rape Code ‘Rapes’ Victims Twice: Brigham Young University’s ‘honor code’ punishes rape victims by raping them of their right to fair hearing followed by banishment

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Madi Barney was told she could not register for future classes at Brigham Young University after she reported her rape.

Mormon university shames rape victims – ‘You’re a sinner’
“The way that BYU has treated me has been so callous that it’s been almost as bad as the rape itself”

– Madi Barney, Bringham Young rape victim

‘…the honor code is designed “to promote a nice environment for LDS students”.
“A lot of students feel very positively toward it,”  “But if the honor code is acting as a shield to protect and conceal sexual violence, that’s not working. There is nothing honorable about protecting sex offenders.”’

Madi Barney sat sobbing in the Provo, Utah, police department. It had been four days since the Brigham Young University sophomore had been raped in her off-campus apartment. She was scared – terrified – that the officials at her strict, Mormon university would find out and punish her.
Nonsense, the officers told her, they’ll never know, and they won’t hurt you. But a month or so later, there she was with her attorney in Brigham Young University’s Title IX office – a place where rape victims are supposed to get help – and offered an ultimatum by a university official.
Rape victim could be punished under Brigham Young University’s ‘honor code’Barney was told the school “had received a police report in which ‘A) it looks like you’ve been raped and B) it also looks like you may have violated the honor code’”, she recounted, and that “I was going to be forwarded to the honor code office unless I let them investigate me. I said absolutely not.”
The university has told Barney that she cannot register for future classes. She is no longer welcome at the institution her father attended before her, along with aunts and uncles and two cousins, a university that devout families consider the Harvard of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Attending the graceful campus at the foot of the snow-capped Wasatch Range is an aspiration for many young Mormons, and being thrown out is a black mark that can follow the devout for life, estrange them from their families, derail their education and ultimately their careers.
It can bring with it “horrible guilt and shame and dishonor”, said sociologist Ryan Cragun, who specializes in Mormonism at the University of Tampa. “If it’s tied to the honor code, not only is it tied to academic failure, but you’re a sinner. This could cause ramifications for your eternal salvation.”

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Students at Brigham Young University stand in solidarity with rape victims at a campus demonstration.

So what did the 20 year old do? She fought back. And in the process, she helped galvanize many other rape survivors to come forward with their own stories of “re-victimization” at the hands of BYU officials in what has evolved into a grassroots effort to change one of the university’s most stringent sets of policies – the honor code.
The public outrage that followed has shone a spotlight on the school at a time when victim-blaming has appeared in headlines elsewhere in the country. This week, a court in Oklahoma declared that state law did not criminalize oral sex with a victim who was incapacitated by alcohol. And on 15 April, at a campaign event in New York, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich advised a college student concerned about rape: “don’t go to parties where there’s a lot of alcohol”.
Going public exposed Barney to yet another wave of abuse, this time via newspaper comment sections, social media posts and threatening emails – a sign of the tough job ahead for BYU students and alumnae as they push against a culture that both nurtures and punishes.
“Are we to understand that this young lady wants her transgressions overlooked while holding others accountable for theirs?” wrote one online skeptic. “In the end, be moral and don’t break the rules and you’ll be better off”, scolded another. Asked a third, “Why do people think that a sexual assault means ‘everything I did is irrelevant and I am in no way responsible?’

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Madi Barney was told she could not register for future classes at Brigham Young University after she reported her rape.

Barney told her story publicly for the first time on 7 April at a rape awareness conference at BYU. The details are chilling.
The suspect, 39-year-old Nasiru Seidu, lied to her about about his age and name. He told her he was single. According to police documents, he raped her while she cried out and screamed, “no”. The police confirmed the details during a staged phone call between Barney and Seidu after she filed the report.
Seidu, who was arrested after the September rape, is free on bail. His wife attends court hearings by his side. Barney has protective orders requiring that he stay away.
A Utah County sheriff’s deputy, a friend of Seidu, passed a copy of the police report to the BYU honor code office. The document, Barney said, has pages of details about the rape, a statement from the nurse who examined her, “medical records of trauma to my body after a rape”.
The way that BYU has treated me has been so callous that it’s been almost as bad as the rape itself
School officials, she said, used that report to launch their investigation into whether she had violated the honor code, which prohibits students from inviting members of the opposite sex into their rooms. They must be “chaste,” dress modestly, stay away from drugs and alcohol, and attend church services.
At the advice of her attorney, she refused to take part in the investigation. She has been banned from ever registering for classes at BYU again. After Seidu’s trial, she plans to transfer to another university.
BYU officials, she said, told her “they couldn’t give me the services that they would give a rape victim because they couldn’t prove that I was raped. I filed a Title IX complaint against them, like, a week ago.”
What she wants people to understand, she said, is that “I’m not attacking BYU … I’m not saying throw out the whole honor code. You just need to add one small clause, which is common sense.”
That clause, she said, would grant sexual assault victims immunity from honor code investigations so that, if they wanted to, they could report the crimes against them without fearing retribution.
“If I hadn’t reported my rape,” she said, “none of this would be happening to me. The very thing I was supposed to do, the right thing, led me to getting kicked out of school. The way that BYU has treated me has been so callous that it’s been almost as bad as the rape itself.”

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An online petition urging immunity for rape survivors has received 110,000 signatures

After Barney spoke at the rape awareness conference, many other women approached her to say they’d gone through the same thing.
BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins would not respond to questions about the specifics of Barney’s case. But she did say that the university would “never illegally obtain a police report” and has launched a study about the school’s policies.
The universtity, she said in an email, “cares deeply about the safety and well-being of our students. When a student reports a sexual assault our primary focus is on the safety and well-being of the victim. A Title IX investigation is never conducted to harass or re-traumatize a victim.”
That said, “sometimes in the course of an investigation”’ she continued, “facts come to light that a victim has engaged in prior honor code violations.”
Those facts are investigated, which causes what the school describes as an “inherent tension”.
Jenny McComb, an LDS churchgoer who handles sexual assault cases for a British university, said the honor code is designed “to promote a nice environment for LDS students”.
“A lot of students feel very positively toward it,” she continued. “But if the honor code is acting as a shield to protect and conceal sexual violence, that’s not working. There is nothing honorable about protecting sex offenders.

Lynda Holmes, 70, attacks husband with meat hammer’He hasn’t touched me in ten years – how dare he!’

 

Lynda Holmes repeatedly hit husband Gordon over head with meat cleaver

70-year-old saw ‘red mist’ after spotting husband of 50 years watching porn

Grandmother said: ‘He hasn’t touched me for over 10 years. How dare he?’

Lynda Holmes, 70 (pictured outside court), repeatedly hit husband Gordon over the head with a meat cleaver after believing he was trying to destroy the adult porn material she had caught him watching

A grandmother brutally attacked her husband of 50 years with a meat hammer after catching him watching porn and exclaiming: ‘He hasn’t touched me in ten years – how dare he!’

Lynda Holmes, 70, repeatedly hit husband Gordon over the head at their home in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, after believing he was trying to destroy the adult material she had caught him watching.

The 78-year-old was left with severe head injuries following the attack and ran out into the street bleeding while telling neighbours his wife had ‘gone mad’, Burnley Crown Court heard.

When Holmes was arrested and questioned by police over the incident she said she had seen ‘red mist’ and later told officers that it ‘should be murder’ because ‘how dare he?’ watch porn.

She said: ‘I caught him with porn. He tried to get rid of it. I’ve seen red and attacked him. I wanted to kill him.

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Hornby Street, where the attack took place Credit: Google Maps

‘It should be murder. I want 10 years of my life back. I saw red mist.

‘He hasn’t touched me for over 10 years and now he’s watching porn. How dare he? How do I go about getting 10 years of my life back?’

Mr Holmes told police that he felt ‘partly responsible’ for the attack ‘because of his selfishness’ by playing in a band, playing golf and ‘spending considerable time away from home and not supporting his wife’.

Grandmother-of-three Holmes pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and was given a 10-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months.

Stephen Parker, prosecuting, told the court that the attack happened on the morning of March 16 following a ‘breakdown in their sexual relationship a considerable time ago’.

He said: ‘This had led to tension between them and several days before this assault took place Mr Holmes had been caught by his wife watching some adult pornography.

‘She clearly took issue with this and it preyed on her mind for a number of days and on March 16, when Mr Holmes was upstairs in the bedroom, his wife came into the room carrying a metal meat tenderiser and hit him several times to the head.’

The court heard how the attack continued until Mr Holmes ‘could get out into the street’. He suffered injuries to his head, ear and right hand.

Mr Parker told the court how Mr Holmes told neighbours he didn’t want the police involved.

Rachel Woods, defending, said it was a ‘moment of madness’ and happened shortly before their golden wedding anniversary.

She told the court: ‘Although Mr Holmes was upstairs seemingly seeing to some unwanted paperwork, it seems Mrs Holmes suspected he was potentially destroying evidence of his behaviour.

‘That’s what sparked off an offence which was totally out of character and no doubt came as a great shock and surprise to Mr Homes.

 

Gordon Holmes, 78, was left with severe head injuries after being attacked with a meat cleaver by his wife and ran into the street bleeding while telling neighbors she had ‘gone mad’, Burnley Crown Court heard (pictured)

‘They met when she was 15 years old and married five years later. They would have, had they been allowed contact since the offence, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

‘She had clearly seen the red mist and just lost control of her own senses and behavior for what was a relatively short period of time.’

Miss Woods told the court that Holmes had been bailed to live with her son in Doncaster since the incident and said she is ‘thoroughly ashamed’.

She said: ‘Once the mist had cleared and she calmed down she would’ve been concerned for the welfare of her husband.

‘The pair have had a hard working and modest life together.

‘Sending her to prison would serve little purpose other than further punishment than has already been served by virtue of these proceedings.’

The court heard Mr Holmes did not support a prosecution against his wife but it was brought by the Crown Prosecution Service and ‘judged properly to be in the public interest’.

Judge Jonathan Gibson said Holmes had shown ‘considerable remorse’ and it was a ‘loss of control’.

President Obama picks Merrick Garland for Supreme Court, ‘one of America’s sharpest legal minds’

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President Obama announces his Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, right, in the Rose Garden at the White House on Wednesday.
‘one of America’s sharpest legal minds’
Judge Merrick Garland is nominated to the Supreme Court to replace Justice Antonin Scalia

Was speculated to be in the list of 1 of 10 possible nominees

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President Obama said Wednesday that he will nominate federal Judge Merrick Garland to serve on the Supreme Court, challenging the resolve of Republican senators opposed to an election-year confirmation by naming an experienced jurist with a strong reputation as a centrist.
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Judge Merrick Garland, shown in 2008, is currently the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

In an appearance together in the White House Rose Garden, Obama praised Garland as the kind of candidate he had promised to choose: one with sterling credentials and a widely respected temperament.

Garland is known as “one of America’s sharpest legal minds,” Obama said, who “brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even-handedness and excellence.”

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); “These qualities and his long commitment to public service have earned him the respect and admiration from leaders from both sides of the aisle,” Obama said.

Obama aides believe Garland’s nomination may move Republican senators off their repeated pledge not to hold meetings with the nominee of a president who has less than a year left in his term. Some officials in the White House even believe they stand a shot of getting a confirmation hearing for Garland in the Senate.
It’s going to be hard for conservatives to oppose the careful, moderate Merrick Garland
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Chief Judge Merrick Garland, shown in 2013, has been seen as a potential Supreme Court nominee since the late 1990s.

The selection of Garland, a judicial moderate who at 63 is older than the presidents’ other finalists, could be meant to signal compromise with Republicans on Obama’s part. Still, Obama has the opportunity to tilt the nation’s highest court to a liberal majority for the first time in a generation.

Garland, who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, was a leading contender for the last vacancy, in 2010. If confirmed, Garland would be the oldest justice to join the Supreme Court since Lewis Powell, who was 64 when he took his seat in 1972.

Garland, a Chicago native, was nominated to the federal bench by President Clinton in 1995, but only confirmed in 1997 after Clinton’s reelection. He previously had served in the Justice Department and oversaw the investigation into the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 that killed 168 people.

In recent days, the president had narrowed his field of potential choices to three: Garland and Sri Srinivasan, also a judge on the D.C. federal appeals court, and Paul Watford, a judge on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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In 1995, Merrick Garland, then the principal assistant to the deputy attorney general, meets at the  Justice Department with U.S. Deputy Atty. Gen. Jamie Gorelick, center, and counsel Amy Jeffries.

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Obama has insisted for weeks that he would focus on a nominee’s credentials, rather than ideology.

In email to supporters earlier Wednesday, Obama said he had three main criteria that guided his selection: He wanted a justice with “unimpeachable credentials” and a rigorous intellect; someone who recognized the limits of the role of the judiciary; and someone with life experience who understood that justice “is not about abstract legal theory.”

His selection will shift the political fight that’s been underway for a month, over whether a president in his final months in office should be able to try to tip the balance of the high court for a generation.

Garland, who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, was a leading contender for the last vacancy, in 2010. If confirmed, Garland would be the oldest justice to join the Supreme Court since Lewis Powell, who was 64 when he took his seat in 1972.

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Garland, a Chicago native, was nominated to the federal bench by President Clinton in 1995, but only confirmed in 1997 after Clinton’s reelection. He previously had served in the Justice Department and oversaw the investigation into the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 that killed 168 people.
In recent days, the president had narrowed his field of potential choices to three: Garland and Sri Srinivasan, also a judge on the D.C. federal appeals court, and Paul Watford, a judge on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Obama has insisted for weeks that he would focus on a nominee’s credentials, rather than ideology.
In email to supporters earlier Wednesday, Obama said he had three main criteria that guided his selection: He wanted a justice with “unimpeachable credentials” and a rigorous intellect; someone who recognized the limits of the role of the judiciary; and someone with life experience who understood that justice “is not about abstract legal theory.”
His selection will shift the political fight that’s been underway for a month, over whether a president in his final months in office should be able to try to tip the balance of the high court for a generation.

Within hours of the news of Scalia’s death in February, Obama’s political opponents staked out their position: The seat should be left vacant until a new president was sworn in. “The American people‎ should have a voice in the selection,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said.
Immediately after Obama’s announcement Wednesday, Republicans and conservative advocates reiterated the position.
“This has never been about who the nominee is,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a written. “It is about a basic principle … We should let the American people decide the direction of the court.”
Garland is “as good a nominee as anyone President Obama might plausibly have selected,” said Ed Whelan, president of the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center, but his confirmation would “move the court markedly to the left.

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); “Senate Republicans should and must adhere to their position that no nominee should receive Senate consideration before the election.”
Democrats argue that voters did have a say when they elected Obama in 2012 to a second four-year term. But McConnell has not wavered from his view, even expanding on it to say he would not meet with the eventual nominee as a courtesy, as is custom.
Most other Republicans, to varying degrees, have said they support the strategy; all 12 Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee signed a letter saying they would not hold public hearings on the nomination.
But the committee’s chairman, Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley, has acknowledged that some of his colleagues had misgivings about the letter. He himself initially seemed to waver on McConnell’s vow in the early days.
Obama’s choice puts some Republicans in a difficult spot, though. Several longtime members of the judiciary have publicly lobbied for Garland’s selection in the past — a fact noted by the White House as it confirmed the choice.

Seven current Republican senators voted to confirm Garland to his appeals court post in 1997.
A Republican-controlled Senate has not considered a Supreme Court nomination from a Democratic president since 1895, in Grover Cleveland’s second administration.
Obama put forth his first two Supreme Court nominations, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, when Democrats enjoyed a healthy majority, and each won with some Republican support. But only two current Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — voted to confirm both.
Whether Obama’s third pick will be confirmed depends almost entirely on how much pressure Republicans can withstand from the left and the evolving opinions of swing and independent voters ahead of the November election.

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Committee Chairman Joe Biden, in which he urged a Republican president not to seek to fill a potential vacancy on the Supreme Court until after that fall’s presidential election.
But Biden, now Obama’s vice president, said in that same speech that the Senate could consider a nomination if the president, George H.W. Bush, consulted with the Democratic majority or “moderates his selections.”

Obama has warned that Republicans’ current posture threatens the integrity of an independent judicial system, making it increasingly subject to political influence.

“Our goal is to have them be objective and be able to execute their duties in a way that gives everybody — both the winning party and the losing party in any given case — a sense that they were treated fairly,” he said at a news conference last week. “That depends on a process of selecting and confirming judges that is perceived as fair.”

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); In presenting Garland to the audience in the Rose Garden, Obama laid out the essential case for his nominee, recalling the painstaking work of Garland’s most high-profile prosecution — that of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
As he led and supervised that case, Obama said, Garland was careful to follow the law. When people offered to turn over evidence voluntarily, he said, Garland refused, instead going through the laborious process of getting subpoenas instead.
“Merrick would take no chances that someone who murdered innocent Americans might go free on a technicality,” Obama said.
Garland also made a concerted effort to stay in touch with bombing victims and their families and carried in his briefcase the program from a memorial service that contained each of the victims’ names.

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); That successful prosecution complete, Garland was nominated to what is often called the second-highest court in the land, the D.C. Circuit Court.
“During that confirmation process, he earned overwhelming bipartisan praise from senators and legal experts alike,” Obama said, noting that Republican Sen. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, then-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, supported his nomination.
He quoted Hatch saying, “‘In all honesty, I would like to see one person come to this floor and say one reason why Merrick Garland does not deserve this position.’”
Obama added: “He actually accused fellow Senate Republicans trying to obstruct Merrick’s confirmation of ‘playing politics with judges.’”

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Andre Hatchett, wrongfully convicted of homicide

…how do they return or make up for stealing 24 years of his life

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Andre Hatchett is seen during a hearing on his exoneration in court on March 10.

Andre Hatchett, wrongfully convicted of homicide

Exonerated after serving 24 of 25 year sentence years behind bars

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A wrongly convicted man pumped his fists with joy Thursday as a judge announced his exoneration — after the man had already served 24 years of a 25-year sentence.
“I want to thank my family for sticking by me,” declared Andre Hatchett in Brooklyn Supreme Court, as Justice Matthew D’Emic set him free to the joyous cheers of his family and friends.
“I was telling them I’m gonna’ be home one day,” he added while tearing up. “I don’t know if they believed me, but I don’t lie.”

 
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Andre Hatchett is seen after his release from jail on March 10

 The 49-year-old spent nearly half of his life behind bars for the Feb. 18, 1991 murder of 38-year-old Neda Mae Carter, whose body was found naked and brutally beaten in the former Monroe Street Park in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
His case was re-examined by the Brooklyn DA’soffice, which discovered the sole witness to testify in the case — career criminal Jerry Williams — first IDed another man as Carter’s killer.
Lawyers for Hatchett were never notified about that piece of information, the DA’s office said.

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The DA’s Conviction Review Unit also found that Hatchett was “deprived of his due process rights based on several issues, including Brady violations,” because his defense was never notified.
Also, Hatchett was recovering from a bullet wound to his leg at the time of the crime.
“This evidence is important because the medical examiner testified that the blows to the victim’s head required a significant degree of physical force, that there was a violent struggle and that the victim’s body was dragged and arranged in a certain position with her head propped up against a tree,” the DA’s office said.
“This would have been difficult given Hatchett’s physical condition in 1991.”
Life in prison was hard and lonely for Hatchett, who lost several family members — including, his son, mother, and two aunts — while locked up.
He said it was hard to keep his dignity, when he was falsely branded a killer.
“I fell and I got back up,” he said. “When I was incarcerated they called me ‘the killer’…But I’m going to be alright. I’m strong.”

 
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Andre Hatchett has a toast before his first meal as a free man.

Hatchett, who is plannig to live with his sister in Pennsylvania, walked out of court and began his life as a free man with a cigarette.
He then chowed down on a steak, baked potato and orange juice at nearby Dallas BBQ.
“I feel good. I’m glad I’m free. I just want to stay with my family, stay out of trouble,” he said after court. “I always like to tell the truth and God set me free.”
His 51-year-old brother Jerry was thrilled, saying, “It’s a long time waiting because I knew from day one he didn’t do it.”

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Hatchett marks the 19th person to be freed as a result of the work of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson’s Conviction Review Unit. A total of 100 cases are pending review by the unit

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