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minnesota supreme court dismisses appeal on behalf of deceased serial killer


the minnesota supreme court dismissed on wednesday an appeal by attorneys to clear the name of a convicted minneapolis serial killer who died in prison.attorneys working for the minnesota innocence project were pushing to exonerate billy glaze, who was convicted of killing three women decades earlier. glaze died in 2015 before they could make their case. a district court judge later agreed with hennepin county prosecutors that glaze's appeal died with him.in december, state supreme court justices heard arguments about whether minnesota innocence project attorneys had standing to continue a petition for review of glaze's case.in an opinion published wednesday, the supreme court dismissed that appeal, saying the attorneys lacked the authority to act on his behalf. when glaze died, the attorn






minnesota high court considers whether late serial killer deserves case review


convicted minneapolis serial killer billy glaze is dead. so should the courts even consider claims that he might be innocent?state supreme court justices heard arguments monday about whether attorneys working for the minnesota innocence project have standing to continue a petition for review of glaze's case.glaze, convicted in decades-old murders of three women, had been incarcerated for 28 years when he fell ill with lung cancer and died in december 2015, amid his attorneys' efforts to exonerate him with new dna evidence.a district court judge agreed with hennepin county prosecutors last year that glaze's appeal died with him. glaze hadn't yet proved his innocence with the evidence introduced, so there was no "live controversy" to be resolved, the judge found.attorneys for glaze, however,






minnesota high court considers whether late serial killer deserves case review


convicted minneapolis serial killer billy glaze is dead. so should the courts even consider claims that he might be innocent?state supreme court justices heard arguments monday morning about whether attorneys working for the minnesota innocence project have standing to continue a petition for review of glaze’s case.glaze, convicted in decades-old murders of three women, had been incarcerated for 28 years when he fell ill with lung cancer and died in december 2015, amid his attorneys’ efforts to exonerate him with new dna evidence.a district court judge agreed with hennepin county prosecutors last year that glaze’s appeal died with him. glaze hadn’t yet proven his innocence with the evidence introduced, so there was no “live controversy” to be resolved, the judge found.attorneys for glaze,






attorneys for serial killer, now dead, seek to clear his name


convicted 1980s serial killer billy glaze died amid efforts to exonerate him with new dna evidence, but his name still deserves to be cleared, his attorneys are arguing to the state's highest court.in an appeal filed tuesday with the minnesota supreme court, glaze's attorneys contend that the public has an interest in learning whether the justice system worked fairly, and say that law enforcement should find the real killer in the murders of three american indian women in minneapolis.glaze, who long maintained his innocence, died at 72 of lung cancer in december 2015. he had been incarcerated for 28 years for the high-profile crimes.in 2014, his attorneys presented a district court with dna evidence that wasn't available decades earlier, saying it pointed to another man who is a convicted






ohio killer has more time for potential supreme court appeal


cleveland — a cleveland man sentenced to die for killing 11 women and hiding the remains in and around his home is getting more time to potentially appeal his case to the u.s. supreme court.cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2nak3nd ) reports that justice elena kagan extended a deadline to give 57-year-old anthony sowell (soh'-wehl) until may 15 to ask the nation's high court to review his case. kagan oversees appeals from ohio.sowell is expected to turn to the u.s. supreme court after the ohio supreme court announced late last year that it wouldn't reconsider his appeal. his new lawyers unsuccessfully argued that his attorneys wasted time challenging evidence and should have focused instead on sparing him from capital punishment.sowell was convicted in 2011 for slayings between june 2007 and ju






pakistani court sentences serial killer to death


lahore, pakistan (ap) — a public prosecutor in pakistan says a court has sentenced a serial killer to death after finding him guilty of killing eight children, including a 7-year-old girl whose rape and murder drew nationwide condemnation.ehtesham qadir says the court saturday announced the decision in the presence of mohammad imran, who had pleaded guilty during the five-day trial.imran was arrested in january, two weeks after he raped and killed 7-year-old zainab ansari and threw her body into a garbage dump in the city of kasur.qadir says imran has the right to appeal, but he may not challenge the verdict as he confessed to his crimes during the trial.most read storiessale! save up to 90% on subscriptions!imran’s arrest brought to light seven more killings and many pakistanis have deman






supreme court rejects alabama death row appeal


washington — the supreme court is freeing alabama to try again to execute a convicted killer who has been on death row for more than 30 years.the justices on tuesday turned down an appeal from inmate tommy arthur. in november, the court blocked arthur's execution as he waited in a holding cell outside the state's execution chamber.chief justice john roberts voted to halt the execution, but said arthur's appeal "does not merit the court's review."justices sonia sotomayor and stephen breyer said they would have heard arthur's appeal.the effect of tuesday's action is to allow the state to try again to put arthur to death by lethal injection.arthur has maintained his innocence in the murder-for-hire killing of troy wicker in wicker's home in muscle shoals.






videos show s.c. serial killer todd kohlhepp’s confession, rape victim’s rescue


the recorded confessions of a south carolina serial killer and the rescue of one of his victims were among the hundreds of records made public late friday.        






book buyer finds serial btk serial killer’s drawing inside


wichita, kan. (ap) — a man who bought a used copy of the book co-written by btk serial killer dennis rader has discovered inside the book one of the killer’s drawings showing a bondage rack and rope.rader is known for binding and torturing his victims. the crayon-and-ink drawing has his name and a july date on it. the wichita eagle reports that research scholar katherine ramsland says the artwork appears to have been made by rader. she co-wrote with him “confession of a serial killer: the untold story of dennis rader, the btk killer.”she says rader sends bookplates to pen pals and people who’ve bought the book.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the kansas department of corrections says inmates are allowed to send and receive mail as long as it’s not a security risk o






kenya supreme court dismisses challenges, upholds kenyatta’s re-election in repe


share storyby the associated pressthe associated pressnairobi, kenya (ap) — kenya supreme court dismisses challenges, upholds kenyatta’s re-election in repeat elections.the associated press






the latest: menendez confident despite supreme court setback


washington — the latest on the u.s. supreme court's decision not to hear new jersey sen. bob menendez's corruption case (all times local):11:30 a.m.the attorney for new jersey sen. bob menendez says the democratic lawmaker is confident he'll be vindicated of corruption charges despite monday's decision by the u.s. supreme court not to hear his appeal.menendez is charged with using his influence on behalf of a longtime friend who gave him gifts and campaign donations.a trial in the case is tentatively scheduled for the fall.on monday, the supreme court denied his petition for certification without comment.menendez attorney abbe lowell says his client has always acted in accordance with the law, and "remains confident that he will be vindicated when all the facts are heard at trial."___9:40






likely serial killer, not robbery


a serial killer is likely behind the murder of democratic national committee (dnc) staffer seth rich, according to forensic psychology students and instructors who spent three months investigating the homicide. those researchers, who volunteer at the profiling project, an independent group, published their findings on tuesday in an 83-page report. the profiling project, based in arlington,…






justices reject appeal of student arrested for burping


washington — the supreme court has declined to hear a new mexico mother's appeal over her son's arrest for disrupting his seventh grade gym class with fake burps.the justices on monday let stand a lower court ruling that said the police officer who arrested the boy in 2011 was immune from liability.the appeals court's ruling drew a sharp dissent from then-judge neil gorsuch just six months before he was picked for the supreme court vacancy.the mother featured gorsuch's dissent prominently in her appeal to the supreme court. gorsuch said arresting a "class clown" for burping was going "a step too far."justices typically are recused from cases they heard before joining the court, and gorsuch had no role in considering the case when it came before the high court.






ohio killer has more time for potential supreme court appeal


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zac efron will play serial killer ted bundy in 'extremely wicked'


according to reports, the 'baywatch' babe is trading sand for serial murder.        






zac efron will play serial killer ted bundy in 'extremely wicked'


the 'baywatch' babe is reportedly trading sand for serial murder.        






supreme court agrees to speed up trump's daca appeal


the supreme court agreed to decide quickly whether to hear the trump administration's appeal of a lower court ruling upholding the daca program.        






trump tabs minnesota justice stras for federal appeals court


minneapolis — president donald trump has nominated minnesota supreme court associate justice david stras to the 8th u.s. circuit court of appeals.stras formerly clerked for conservative u.s. supreme court justice clarence thomas and shares the belief in a limited role for the judiciary. the 42-year-old former university of minnesota law school professor was on trump's short list of possible u.s. supreme court nominees.republican former gov. tim pawlenty, who appointed stras to the state supreme court in 2010, says stras' keen intellect, deep respect for the constitution, and support for judicial restraint will serve him well.stras' nomination requires senate confirmation. it would give democratic gov. mark dayton another seat to fill on a state supreme court where his appointees already ho






state auditor takes fight over 2015 law to supreme court


st. paul, minn. — state auditor rebecca otto says she's appealing a controversial 2015 law limiting her office's duties to the minnesota supreme court.otto has lost several legal battles over the law that allowed counties to hire private firms for annual financial audits. the state court of appeals last month upheld a lower court's ruling that the legislation was constitutional on a 2-1 decision.otto, a democratic candidate for governor in 2018, had indicated she would appeal. she announced her formal appeal thursday.she says the law is an unconstitutional encroachment on her duties. republicans who spearheaded the change say it helps counties save money.otto has spent more than $250,000 fighting the law so far.






man condemned for family murder plot loses high court appeal


houston (ap) — the u.s. supreme court has refused to consider an appeal from a suburban houston man on texas death row for arranging the killings of his mother and brother in 2003 so he could collect a $1 million inheritance.attorneys for 37-year-old thomas “bart” whitaker went to the high court after losing an appeal earlier this year that his trial lawyers were deficient and that fort bend county prosecutors engaged in misconduct during his trial.in a second texas case, the court wants the sentencing of 36-year-old obie weathers reviewed after they ruled earlier this year the texas court of criminal appeals in a similar case used outdated data in deciding whether a convicted killer is mentally disabled and ineligible for execution. weathers was convicted of a 2000 san antonio slaying.






minnesota agency to appeal sex offender's full discharge


st. paul, minn. — the state plans to appeal a ruling that a 51-year-old man confined to minnesota's sex offender treatment program should get a full discharge.the court of appeals on monday affirmed a judicial review panel's conclusion last july that kirk fugelseth no longer requires inpatient treatment or supervision, and is no danger to the public.if the decision stands, fugelseth would become only the second person ever to be fully discharged from the controversial program.fugelseth admits to abusing 31 victims, mostly boys ages 3-14. he was put on track for provisional discharge in 2013 but officials couldn't find a community facility for him.human services commissioner emily piper says they'll appeal his release to the minnesota supreme court. she says gradual reintegration is in the






trump administration to appeal travel ban ruling to supreme court


the trump administration will appeal to the supreme court to block a u.s. district judge’s ruling on president donald trump’s temporary travel and refugee ban, u.s. attorney general jeff sessions said on friday.the ruling by u.s. district judge derrick watson in honolulu said the ban on travelers from six muslim-majority countries cannot stop grandparents and other relatives of u.s. citizens from entering the country, and also opened the door for more refugees to enter.“the supreme court has had to correct this lower court once, and we will now reluctantly return directly to the supreme court to again vindicate the rule of law and the executive branch’s duty to protect the nation,” sessions said in a statement.(reporting by yeganeh torbati; editing by toni reinhold)






supreme court rejects appeal over nc voter id law


washington — the supreme court has rejected an appeal to reinstate north carolina's voter identification law that a lower court said targeted african americans "with almost surgical precision."the justices on monday left in place the lower court ruling striking down the law's photo id requirement and reduction in early voting.the situation was complicated when democratic gov. roy cooper and attorney general josh stein tried to withdraw the appeal, which was first filed when republican pat mccrory was governor.chief justice john roberts said the political situation created uncertainty over who is authorized to seek review of the lower court ruling.the dispute is similar to the court fight over texas' voter id law, also struck down as racially discriminatory.






illinois supreme court reverses ruling in lawsuit


springfield, ill. (ap) — the illinois supreme court has reversed a recent ruling and will now consider an appeal in a lawsuit against a town and three former police officers filed on behalf of a man who was wrongfully convicted in a 1993 murder case. the (bloomington) pantagraph reports that the alan beaman’s lawsuit was dismissed last year. the dismissal was upheld by the fourth district appellate court earlier this year. the state supreme court also denied beaman’s case in november, but reversed that decision thursday and granted a petition to consider arguments in the case.beaman served more than 12 years in prison for the 1993 death of jennifer lockmiller. the illinois supreme court reversed his conviction in 2008.beaman seeks damages against the town of normal and the former officers






supreme court rejects appeal over north carolina voter id law


the supreme court has rejected an appeal to reinstate north carolina's voter identification law that a lower court said targeted african americans “with almost surgical precision.” the justices on monday left in place the lower court ruling striking down the law's photo id requirement and reduction in early voting. the situation was complicated when democratic gov. roy cooper and atty. gen. josh stein tried to withdraw the appeal, which was first filed when republican pat mccrory was governor. chief justice john g. roberts jr. said the political situation created uncertainty over who is authorized to seek review of the lower-court ruling. the dispute is similar to the court fight over texas' voter id law, also struck down as racially discriminatory. 






supreme court rejects appeal over north carolina voter id law


the supreme court has rejected an appeal to reinstate north carolina's voter identification law that a lower court said targeted african americans “with almost surgical precision.” the justices on monday left in place the lower court ruling striking down the law's photo id requirement and reduction in early voting. the situation was complicated when democratic gov. roy cooper and atty. gen. josh stein tried to withdraw the appeal, which was first filed when republican pat mccrory was governor. chief justice john roberts said the political situation created uncertainty over who is authorized to seek review of the lower court ruling. the dispute is similar to the court fight over texas' voter id law, also struck down as racially discriminatory. 






in victory for trump, supreme court dismisses travel ban case


the supreme court's dismissal of the travel ban case is a victory for president trump, who issued a new ban after the initial controversy        






trump administration to appeal travel ban ruling to supreme court


facebook, trump news, u.s. news, worldtrump administration to appeal travel ban ruling to supreme courtreuters14 jul 2017 at 14:33 etthe trump administration will appeal to the supreme court to block a u.s. district judge’s ruling on president donald trump’s temporary travel and refugee ban, u.s. attorney general jeff sessions said on friday.the ruling by u.s. district judge derrick watson in honolulu said the ban on travelers from six muslim-majority countries cannot stop grandparents and other relatives of u.s. citizens from entering the country, and also opened the door for more refugees to enter.“the supreme court has had to correct this lower court once, and we will now reluctantly return directly to the supreme court to again vindicate the rule of law and the executive branch’s duty






mississippi high court: execution plans can be kept secret


jackson, miss. — mississippi's supreme court says the state doesn't have to publicly disclose details of how it carries out executions.thursday's 7-2 decision dismisses a lawsuit that sought the release of mississippi's plans for executions and acquiring lethal drugs.in the lawsuit, the roderick & solange macarthur justice center argued the mississippi department of corrections wasn't disclosing enough information.a chancery judge agreed, but the state appealed. while the appeal was pending, legislators changed the law last year, joining states nationwide in shielding drug purchases and other execution methods from public disclosure.presiding supreme court justice michael randolph wrote in thursday's decision that the judges must follow the new law, unless legislators say otherwise.mississ






'deport first, appeal later' policy ruled unlawful


image copyrightpathe government's system for deporting foreign criminals before they have had a chance to appeal breaches their human rights, the supreme court has ruled.the so-called 'deport first, appeal later' policy was a 2015 conservative manifesto pledge.in a landmark case concerning two foreign national criminals, the court ruled that having to appeal from abroad denied the men an effective appeal.both men were convicted of drug offences and served prison sentences.






teen serial killer karla homolka volunteered at montreal elementary school


convicted serial killer karla homolka volunteered several times at an elementary school her children attend in montreal, according to local reports.        






teen serial killer karla homolka volunteered at montreal elementary school


convicted serial killer karla homolka volunteered several times at an elementary school her children attend in montreal, according to local reports.        






supreme court to hear appeal over texas redistricting


washington — the supreme court has agreed to hear texas' appeal to preserve congressional and legislative districts that a lower court struck down as racially discriminatory.the justices said friday they will review a lower-court ruling that found problems with two congressional districts and statehouse districts in four counties.the lower court had ordered the districts redrawn in time for the 2018 elections, but the supreme court blocked those orders last year.primary elections are scheduled for march under the existing, challenged maps.the court probably will hear arguments in april and decide the case by late june.the dispute over the texas maps focuses on racial discrimination and is separate from the high court's ongoing consideration of excessive partisanship in redistricting in mar






serial rapist cleared for release from sex offender program


thomas r. duvall, a serial rapist who has spent the past 30 years locked up for a series of violent sexual assaults in the 1970s and 1980s, has been approved for conditional release from the minnesota sex offender program (msop).in a decision monday, a panel of state judges approved duvall's petition for provisional discharge, ruling that his progress in treatment outweighs his "fearful diagnosis" as a sexual sadist."[duvall] cannot change his past offense history, but he is committed to change in the present and future," according to the 42-page ruling by the state supreme court appeals panel.on tuesday, however, human services commissioner emily piper, who oversees the msop, quickly vowed to appeal the panel's decision."i, along with three testifying experts in this case, believe that th






toronto police find 7th victim in serial killer case


toronto — toronto police have found a seventh set of remains related to their serial killer case investigation.a police source confirmed the seventh victim to the associated press early monday. the official says alleged serial killer bruce mcarthur has not been charged with a seventh count of murder yet.the source spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak ahead of a news conference later monday where police and a forensic pathologist will provide an update.police previously announced they found the dismembered remains of six individuals this year in large planters at a home where mcarthur did landscaping work and that he used as storage.investigators have identified three sets of remains so far. mcarthur has been charged with six counts of murder.






blagojevich again asks supreme court to hear his appeal


a federal appeals court monday rejected former gov. rod blagojevich's request for a rehearing, leaving the u.s. supreme court his only option to try to overturn his corruption conviction and 14-year prison sentence. the petition for a rare en banc hearing before the entire 7th u.s. circuit court... (chicago tribune)






namco founder dies / boing boing


you can thank japanese game publisher namco for pac-man, galaga, pole position, splatterhouse, rolling thunder, soul calibur and tekken. and you can thank masaya nakamura, who died last week, for namco. during the decades following world war ii, the rooftops of japanese department stores were home to family friendly rides and carnival-style analogue arcade games. namco got it start making such amusement machines. in the late 1970s and early 80s, nakamura’s business took off with arcade hits like galaxian, galaga, pole position, and xevious. however, it was pac-man that wasn’t only the biggest namco hit of that era, but also of the most important japanese video games ever made.pac-man is, according to the guinness book of world records, still the most successful coin-op of all time. . updat