Boston terrorist suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev confirmed theories that the Boston Marathon bombings were a violent response toward the U.S. involvement and occupation of Muslim nations. In a shocking find, law enforcement officials say Tsarnaev wrote a note while he hid in a Watertown, Massachusetts, boat, which explained the motivation behind the terrorist attacks carried out by him and his older brother, Tamerlan. Read More
Jodi Arias faces a very real possibility that she will be sentenced to death for the murder of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Jurors decided today after deliberating three hours that Arias' actions constituted "especially cruel" behavior. Death penalty cases require the jury to first determine if the crime was deliberately cruel and then to unanimously agree on life or death. CNN reports the Arias jury heard testimony from the medical examiner that performed the autopsy on Travis Alexander as well as remarks from both the defense and prosecution. The prosecution was clear to mention not only the length of time Arias stabbed Alexander — about two minutes — but also that he believed Arias was aware of Alexander's suffering. Jodi Arias spoke last week after she was found guilty of first-degree murder and commented that she prefers to die. "I said years ago that I'd rather get death than life, and thatRead More
Kermit Gosnell received three life sentences for the murders he committed while he operated his gruesome abortion clinic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Despite emotional statements from his victims' relatives and friends, Gosnell remained unemotional and offered no apology. Gosnell is already 72 years old and was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder in the death of three infants who were murdered during late-term abortion procedures. Gosnell often attempted to terminate pregnancies at six months or later (24 weeks). While physicians disagree on the exact definition of late-term abortions, most consider anything after 16 to 20 weeks late-term. Almost all fetuses are viable — able to survive outside the womb — after 27 weeks. The AP reports that Gosnell's clinic was not certified in obstetrics or gynecology and offered no trained nurses or medical staff. Moreover, federal law enforcement uncovered "deplorable and unsanitary" conditions — we will not mention the details here. Victims'Read More
Attorney General Eric Holder made headlines again this afternoon with the just-released Department of Justice (DOJ) report that concluded the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unfairly targeted conservative public policy organizations.
CNN reported on the developing story Tuesday. The DOJ claims that for nearly two years the IRS designed and implemented policies that used “inappropriate criteria” to screen applications for political organizations and subsequently sent those applications for stricter review. The end result? Right-wing political groups, such as “Tea Party” organizations, consistently faced unusual delays while attempting to obtain tax-exempt status. Read More
Angelina Jolie revealed in a New York Times op-ed piece titled "My Medical Choice" Tuesday that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning she was at high risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer. Doctors found that she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, a mutation responsible for high risk of those two cancers. "Once I knew that this was my reality," Jolie shared. "I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy." She went on. "I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy, but it is one I am very happy that I made." Jolie had the surgery in February, followed by months of follow-up procedures, one of which includes receiving breast implants. The actress says emotionally, she feels "no less of a woman"Read More
The federal government — the Department of Justice, to be exact — secretly collected months worth of telephone records from highly reputable news organization the Associated Press (AP). The AP released a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder Monday morning written by the agency’s president, Gary Pruitt, who was outraged with the Department of Justice’s actions. Read More
Yet another shooting in a what-should-be-celebratory atmosphere took place Sunday in New Orleans. In the middle of a Mother's Day neighborhood parade, gunmen opened fire, injuring 19 people including two children. Most victims of the shooting were grazed, escaping with non-life-threatening injuries, but three were reportedly serious. Police are currently searching for three suspects, one of whom has been described as African-American male ranging from 18 to 22 years old, wearing jean shorts and a white T-shirt. No suspects are yet in custody, but the FBI speculates that the incident was rooted in "street violence," not terrorism. A local police spokesperson felt optimistic about catching the guilty. "This is an extremely unusual occurrence, and we're confident that we will make swift arrests." New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu shared his disappointment and dismay at the incident. "Just a very tragic day for us again in New Orleans, especially on Mother’s Day. We have mothersRead More
Michelle Knight is one of three kidnap victims discovered Monday in Ohio. Knight — who vanished in 2002 when she was 21 years old — refuses to allow her family to visit her in the hospital. Knight believes her family did not look for her after her disappearance. Read More
The dark cloud hovering above Carnival Cruises still looms. The incessant bad news around the cruise line company is starting to sound like a bad April Fools joke. It just doesn't seem possible for so many tragic events to occur, all associated with one company. A couple aboard the Spirit liner who were reported as missing from the ship Thursday are now believed to have fallen off. When the couple failed to retrieve their luggage, the mystery began. Since then, an exhaustive search has taken place to locate Paul Rossington and Kristen Schroder. Hundreds of miles of waters off the coast of Australia where the boat was docked were searched, turning up no evidence of the pair. From there, surveillance video from the cruise liner was monitored at length, revealing what occurred. Authorities believe the couple went overboard, falling off the ship approximately 93 miles off Foster, New South Wales. "We believe thatRead More
Ariel Castro is the prime suspect in the brutal kidnappings of three Ohio teenagers — Amanda Berry, Georgina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight — who were each taken on separate days between 2002 and 2004.
While the 52-year-old Castro is already in jail on rape and kidnapping charges regarding the above three women, prosecutors will attempt to add aggravated murder to Ariel’s current criminal record for the death of the captives’ unborn children. Read More