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Well this is a good sign. The Department of Justice placed a hold on all the evidence found in shooting and death of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.
That means that Zimmerman’s gun won’t be returned to him. You may remember that reports earlier this week claimed that legally Zimmerman was entitled to get his gun back.
But yesterday Sanford Police Captain James McAuliffe confirmed the hold.
This past week at the NAACP convention in Orlando, FL U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department has an open investigation in the case. The department is looking into whether Zimmerman violated Martin’s civil rights.
But even still a CBS affiliate reported that a gun shop owner in Volusia County has offered to give Zimmerman a free gun. The shop owner said he wasn’t trying to make a political statement but that in light of all of the death threats Zimmerman has received.
She expressed that the initial act of molestation occurred one afternoon while no one else was home. After finishing up taking a shower, she realized that there was no towel in the bathroom.“Mendeecees made me feel comfortable. He would give me advice. He’d say ‘It’ll be okay between you and your mom’,” she told the court.
“I asked him to get me one [towel], and he did. Then he came into my room and suggested I let him m*sturb*te on me, but I just laughed,” she testified.She went on to tell that Harris continued making the suggestion until she finally gave in, after which he gave her $15 or $20 “for lunch or maybe a ball game.” The teen testified that although she had given in, Harris wasn’t satisfied and began pressing her for oral. She expressed that Harris, noticing her reluctance, began using a very private piece of information, which he previously acquired from her mother to manipulate her.
“He told me he knew I had been raped when I was 8 years old, and he found out from my mother.” “ ‘Your mom doesn’t want you here’,” she said Harris told her just before exposing his genitals to her.She eventually gave in, which she revealed was out of spite to get back at her mother for revealing such an intimate secret to Harris.
“I felt betrayed by her. I didn’t tell her about it until I was 14, and it was something I didn’t want anyone to know.”As time went on, Mendeecees allegedly continued to request sexual favors from the young woman in exchange for money. She even revealed that he would pull her younger brothers into the mix when they asked him for money by telling them “talk to your sister. She knows what she has to do.” The relationship between the teen’s mother and Harris ended when she confiscated the girl’s cell phone and found some inappropriate messages from Harris.
“I heard them in their room yelling, I felt bad. She came in my room and she was livid. She told me to get out. She was just screaming to me to get out. I don’t remember if she said why,” she recalled before revealing that she left home to stay at a friend’s house that night. “My mom didn’t know where I was, but Mendeecees did.”The next day Mendeecees found her at her friend’s home, told the young woman that her mother had packed her belongings and pleaded with her not to reveal any details about their relationship.
“He said she didn’t know anything, so don’t say anything. It was something he would ‘take to his grave.’ He [also] told me they were done.” “I felt horrible. At one point Mendeecees and my mother were going to get married. I felt it was all my fault.”Sadly, she also revealed that she had to drop out of nursing school because of the trial. “You can’t miss that many days of class,” she said. She expressed that in addition to being shocked to learn that Harris was featured on “Love & Hip Hop”, she was also unaware that he was carrying on a relationship with Yandy Smith while he was still with her mother. Mendeecees is currently facing seven counts of illegal sex. Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise
Love & Hip-Hop Is More Disturbing Than We Knew: Mandeeces Facing Trial For Sexual Assault On A 15-Year-Old
Bergen County prosecutors allege that Harris asked for and received oral from the girl and fondled her on various occasions between September 2009 and April 2010. He was arrested later that year and charged with aggravated sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and child endangerment. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.Mandeeces is free without bail which is why he has time to appear on Love & Hip-Hop, but on Wednesday the jury was selected for his trial in Hackensack and opening remarks are expected to begin January 29.
After only 21 hours of deliberation, a Pennsylvania jury found former Penn State Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky guilty on 45 of 48 charges related to child sex abuse Friday evening.
The case shocked the nation in 2011 when allegations came out that Sandusky has abused young boys through his charity over a period of 15 years. Head coach Joe Paterno was removed from his post and Penn State has been closely watched after some – a few of whom worked with Sandusky at Penn State – said they were made aware of the abuse and ignored it. Sandusky was accused of taking showers with young boys on university grounds.
During the three week trial, graphic testimony was given by many of the victims in hopes that it would further the prosecution’s case and have him found guilty. The defense attempted to argue that the media was biased so there was no way Sandusky could receive a fair trial and defense attorney Joe Amendola also wanted jurors to know that there wasn’t much physical evidence and the victims could possibly be exaggerating their story for financial gain.
A request for Sandusky’s bail was denied by Judge John Cleland and he was instantly taken to a local jail where he’ll remain as he awaits sentencing. He could receive a maximum of 442 years in prison but even if he only receives a minimum sentence, which is based on the weight of each charge, he will spend the rest of his life in prison. There is also a chance that incest charges will be brought against him because his son Matt who is adopted stated through his attorney that he, too, was abused by Sandusky.
Lawyers for Sandusky suspect the sentencing will take place in September and say that he was expecting the worst to happen.
As much as I’ve tried to stay away from what many are calling the Michael Jackson “murder trial,” the thirst for blood not only from the prosecution — but also from the millions of MJ fans around the globe who feel the King of Pop was in fact murdered — won’t let me. So here is the latest.
Things seemed to be wrapping up with the prosecution last week, but the death of the father of the final witness, anesthesiologist Steven Shafer, has put things on hold until tomorrow. Shafer is expected to give a key piece of evidence to counter the defense’s claim that Jackson self-administered the fatal 25 mg dose of propofol through an IV catheter in his leg. Once Shafer gives his testimony, the defense will present its case and call an estimated 15 witnesses, extending the testimony through Friday at least.
Perhaps the anticipation of Shafer’s evidence is what caused the defense to switch gears last week from proving that Michael took a deadly dose of propofol by himself when Dr. Conrad Murray was out of the room, to alleging that he self-administered an overdose of lorazepam instead. Either way, it’s not like Dr. Murray has a chance in hell with the court of public opinion, particularly after the release of the tape featuring Michael’s slurred speech and his autopsy photos.
It will be interesting to see how this change in strategy affects the defense who claims authorities ignored the effects lorazapam may have had on Michael. But even if Dr. Murray escapes the charge of involuntary manslaughter, his reputation as a medical professional has been tarnished and in the eyes of many he is already seen as being guilty of the events that occurred on June 25, 2009. The trial at this point just seems like a technicality.
Is there a purpose to this trial, when the public sees him as guilty?
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Prosecutors started the Michael Jackson trial with some disturbing evidence: a picture of the King of Pop’s emaciated body lying on a gurney. They used the photo to show that Dr. Conrad Murray, knowingly administered life threatening drugs to the entertainer.
Murray’s attorneys are arguing that Jackson’s death was a result of his own actions.
Ed Chernoff said this in his opening arguments:
“We believe that evidence will show… that when Dr. Murray left the room, Michael Jackson self administered a dose of Propofol that, with the Lorazepam, created a perfect storm within his body that killed him instantly. He died so rapidly, so instantly, he didn’t even have time to close his eyes.”
If convicted of manslaughter Murray could face four years in prison. Source: AM New York
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(CNN) – Jurors will hear opening statements and the first witnesses Tuesday in the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop icon’s death. But there are several things that Dr. Conrad Murray’s lawyer will not be able to tell jurors. Murray’s lawyers will not be allowed to show video of Jackson’s March 2009 announcement of his “This Is It” concerts in London, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor ruled Monday. The video would show jurors “Michael Jackson’s state of mind and demeanor” and support the testimony by his makeup artist that Jackson was furious the number of scheduled shows was increased from the initial 10 to 50, defense lawyer Nareg Gourjian told the judge.
Blagojevich was found guilty on 17 (count ‘em) counts of corruption for what were deemed as his attempts (click for audio) to sell or trade Obama’s senate seat, money extortion and and lying to the FBI. Blagojevich’s reaction to the ruling was that he was “stunned,” as I’m sure he didn’t really believe he’d be convicted of so many counts since he was mighty cocky after last year’s fluff trial.
While the counts numerically add up to a hefty prison sentence, analysts say Blagojevich could face about 10 to 15 years of his sentence. His legal team is looking to appeal, but the former governor’s own main focus after leaving court yesterday was to go home and see the kiddies:
“Patti and I are obviously very disappointed. I, frankly, am stunned.”
We want to get home to our little girls and sort things out. I’m sure I’ll be seeing you guys soon.”
If this teaches us anything other than the obvious, it’s probably to not go on reality TV shows when the nation thinks you’re a creep, and to watch what you say and how you say it. Cause you’ll look mighty crazy (and guilty) if it winds up on tape…
What do you think of yesterday’s guilty verdict?
(Telegraph) — Naomi Campbell has told a UN war crimes tribunal investigating Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president, how she was given a pouch containing “dirty stones” by two men who came to her hotel room. The men, who she had never met, told her “there is a gift for you”.