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New evidence could clear 14-year-old executed by South Carolina

Over 67 years after 14-year-old George Junius Stinney Jr. was put to death by the state of South Carolina, he may soon be cleared of the crime that people familiar with the case say he never could have committed. A lawyer and an activist both told Raw Story recently that…

Accused Boston crime boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger arrested

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On the run for 17 years, the accused Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger and his longtime girlfriend were finally caught in California by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday. They were arrested without incident at a residence in Santa Monica, the FBI said in a…

Man robs bank so he can go to jail and get health care

Often, crimes are borne of desperation. However, most robberies aren’t motivated by a desperate need for health care. James Richard Verone, of Georgia, attempted to steal one dollar from a bank so that he would be arrested, taken to jail and — most importantly — provided with health care, the…

Former world leaders say decriminalizing marijuana worth trying

NEW YORK — A group of prominent former world leaders said Wednesday the so-called war on drugs has “failed” and that decriminalizing marijuana may help curb drug-related violence and social ills. “The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world,” the members…

Former world leaders: War on drugs has failed

NEW YORK – A group of prominent former world leaders said Wednesday the so-called war on drugs has “failed” and that decriminalizing marijuana may help curb drug-related violence and social ills. “The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world,” the members…

British minister accused of ‘outright misogyny’ for rape comment

LONDON — Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke was Wednesday battling to save his job after suggesting there was a distinction between “serious rape” and other forms of the crime. The former shadow finance minister was taking part in a BBC radio phone-in when he replied to host Victoria Derbyshire’s assertion that…

Justice Department may reopen Malcolm X murder investigation

In light of a recent book that claims the killers of Malcolm X never paid for their crime, the U.S. Department of Justice is considering reexamining the case. The department is reviewing “the request to open the Malcolm X murder,” department spokesman Xochitl Hinojosa said Monday. “We decline further comment…

Senator Al Franken to introduce bill making net neutrality violations a crime

While House Republicans push to eliminate new net neutrality regulations adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) announced Monday he will introduce legislation to make violations of net neutrality a crime. “I’m introducing a new bill that would call violations of net neutrality out for what…

Michele Bachmann: ‘Obamacare is a crime against democracy’

Appearing on Meet The Press Sunday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) — the chair of the Tea Party Caucus — told host David Gregory that the health care reform measure pushed by President Obama was a “crime against democracy.” In response to a question from Gregory about the compromise recently offered…

Four charged in US mafia probe

NEW YORK – Four alleged members of an Italian-American organized crime ring, including an alleged ex-boss, were charged with racketeering, extortion and other crimes in an indictment unsealed Tuesday, a prosecutor said. Alleged New England La Cosa Nostra boss Luigi Manocchio, 83, also known as “Louie,” “Baby Shacks,” “the Professor,”…

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