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NY man on trial after stepdaughter accuses him of rape in college application essay

By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) – A jury on Wednesday deliberated the fate of a New York man on trial for rape after his stepdaughter wrote in her college application essay about being sexually abused by him as a child. Albert Tarrats, 62, of Brooklyn faces a 25-year prison…

Fight over union-busting Wisconsin law rumbles toward state Supreme Court

Wisconsin union fight rumbles toward state Supreme Court (via The Christian Science Monitor) Teachers rally at the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison in this 2012 photo. The state Supreme Court has accepted a legal challenge to the state law that effectively ends collective bargaining for most state workers. (AP Photo/(M.P.…

Wisconsin union fight rumbles toward state Supreme Court

Wisconsin union fight rumbles toward state Supreme Court (via The Christian Science Monitor) Teachers rally at the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison in this 2012 photo. The state Supreme Court has accepted a legal challenge to the state law that effectively ends collective bargaining for most state workers. (AP Photo/(M.P.…

State Supreme Court stops Montana judge from annulling highly-criticized 31-day rape ruling for teacher

A US judge was blocked on Friday from increasing the controversial one-month jail term he imposed on a teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old student. Montana’s Supreme Court said judge G. Todd Baugh could not annul the 31-day sentence he imposed on teacher Stacey Rambold for raping schoolgirl Cherice Moralez,…

Missouri threatens return of gas chambers for death row inmates

Attorney general Chris Koster says state supreme court must allow quick executions before lethal-injection drugs run out The state of Missouri is threatening to resurrect the use of the gas chamber for executions, as an alternative to its dwindling supply of lethal-injection drugs. The state’s attorney general, Chris Koster, has warned that…

Mississippi Supreme Court asked to reconsider pardons of more than 200 convicted criminals

Mississippi’s state supreme court has been asked to rethink its decision to uphold the pardoning of more than 200 convicted criminals, including murders and rapists, by a former governor. In a motion for reconsideration filed in the state capital Jackson, state attorney general Jim Hood said granting a pardon implicated…

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