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Judge reneges on promise to deaf girl with 65 IQ, sentences her to 15 years in baby’s death

A deaf babysitter with an IQ of 65 from Sanford, Florida who accidentally let an infant in her care drown was sentenced to 15 years in jail on an aggravated manslaughter charge — even though the judge had promised that if she pleaded no contest, he would impose a sentence…

Anti-fracking activists sue N.Y. town for banning them from council meetings

Opponents of natural gas fracturing in Sanford, New York filed a lawsuit Monday against the town council, alleging that officials silenced them in violation of their First Amendment rights. The city, like many across the state, has become a hotbed of anti-fracking activism as Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) debates whether…

Trayvon Martin’s father: ‘They are still disrespecting my son’ after death

The parents of Trayvon Martin strongly condemned new reports that negatively reflect their son in an emotional press conference in Sanford, Florida Monday afternoon. Both parents responded to two reports released Monday, where Martin’s shooter George Zimmerman claimed the teenager was the aggressor during the incident and an Associated Press…

The karmic punishment of Sandford’s middle-aged passion

I really enjoyed these two blog posts at Broadsheet examining what might be the most shocking thing of all about this Mark Sanford scandal, which is that it actually fits the standard adultery narrative, where the cheater falls in love. And what’s fascinating is how much people are embarrassed for…

South Carolina Gov. Sanford is AWOL

And his wife and staff aren’t giving any details. (The State):The whereabouts of Gov. Mark Sanford have been unknown to state officials since Thursday, and some state leaders are questioning who is in charge of the executive office. Neither the governor’s office nor the State Law Enforcement Division, which provides…

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