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Self-help author guilty over sweat lodge deaths

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – A US self-help guru was convicted of negligent homicide Wednesday over the deaths of three people at an Arizona “sweat lodge” ceremony in 2009, a court official said. James Ray was found not guilty of the more serious charges of manslaughter over the deaths, which occurred…

Labor board: Newspaper can legally fire reporter for ‘inappropriate’ tweets

The Arizona Daily Star had the legal right to fire its crime and public safety reporter for a series of morbid tweets he posted on his personal Twitter account, according to the National Labor Relations Board. Business Insurance reported the federal labor agency found that the reporter’s termination did not…

Nebraska may permit ‘justifiable homicide’ in defense of the unborn

Legislation introduced in Nebraska includes a “justifiable homicide” clause that could be used in defense of a fetus, potentially offering legal cover for the killing of abortion providers. The bill, LB 232, was put forth by Nebraska state Sen. Mark Christensen, who fiercely opposes abortion even in cases of rape,…

South Dakota GOP pushes bill to legalize ‘homicide’ in defense of the unborn

“Justifiable” homicide is usually claimed in self defense cases, and in particular home invasions that end up with a dead burglar. You could say it’s one of the many things that’s big in Texas. But in South Dakota, a group of Republican state legislators have crafted a bill that would…

Judge seals video in racially-charged Taser ‘homicide’

A potentially explosive video showing the death of a Louisiana man after being Tasered nine times in 14 minutes will be kept from the public for at least another five months, after a judge ordered the tape sealed. Former Winnfield police officer Scott Nugent has been charged with manslaughter and…

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