South Carolina: Court halts executions of Brad Sigmon, Freddie Owens; says firing squad needs to be option

The South Carolina Supreme Court has again halted the executions of Brad Sigmon and Freddie Owens, two Greenville County men convicted of separate murders who were scheduled to die just days from now. The similar rulings came late Wednesday, June 16, just two days before Sigmon was to be executed, and nine days before Owens’ scheduled JuneContinue reading “South Carolina: Court halts executions of Brad Sigmon, Freddie Owens; says firing squad needs to be option”

NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Released from Prison as Family Pushes Biden to Pardon Her

Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Leigh Winner was released from prison Monday to serve the rest of her sentence in a halfway house. We get an update from the lawyer handling her commutation and pardon process. Winner was arrested in 2017 under the Espionage Act for leaking classified government information about Russian interference inContinue reading “NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Released from Prison as Family Pushes Biden to Pardon Her”

Iowa man sentenced to 10 years in prison after assault over face mask

A man in Iowa on Wednesday was sentenced to 10 years in prison for assaulting a man over a face mask dispute in November. Shane Wayne Michael, 42, was convicted by a jury last month of willful injury causing serious injury, the Des Moines Register reports. The fight between Michael and another man, identified as Mark Dinning,Continue reading “Iowa man sentenced to 10 years in prison after assault over face mask”

French man gets 4-month prison sentence for slapping Macron

A 28-year-old Frenchman who described himself as a right-wing or extreme-right “patriot” was sentenced to four months in prison Thursday for slapping President Emmanuel Macron in the face. Damien Tarel was also banned from ever holding public office in France and from owning weapons for five years over the swipe Tuesday, which caught Macron’s leftContinue reading “French man gets 4-month prison sentence for slapping Macron”

A Pharmacist Who Deliberately Ruined COVID Vaccine Doses Is Going To Prison

A former pharmacist in Wisconsin who purposefully ruined more than 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday. Steven Brandenburg, 46, of Grafton, pleaded guilty in February to two felony counts of attempting to tamper with a consumer product. He had admitted to intentionally removing the doses manufactured byContinue reading “A Pharmacist Who Deliberately Ruined COVID Vaccine Doses Is Going To Prison”

Ex-Treasury worker sentenced to prison for leaking banking reports to reporter

A former U.S. Treasury Department worker was sentenced to six months in prison Thursday for leaking confidential financial reports to a journalist at Buzzfeed. Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards pleaded guilty last year to a conspiracy charge, admitting she leaked banking reports related to people being investigated in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of foreign interferenceContinue reading “Ex-Treasury worker sentenced to prison for leaking banking reports to reporter”

Ex-officer who beat Black man while dog mauled him gets six years in prison

A federal court judge on Friday sentenced a former St. Paul, Minn., police officer to six years in prison after a jury found him guilty of a civil rights violation for beating an unarmed Black man who was mistaken for a suspect nearly five years ago. A federal jury in 2019 convicted former St. PaulContinue reading “Ex-officer who beat Black man while dog mauled him gets six years in prison”

Ruling paves way for longer sentence in George Floyd’s death

A Minnesota judge has ruled that there were aggravating factors in the death of George Floyd, paving the way for the possibility of a longer sentence for Derek Chauvin, according to an order made public Wednesday. In his ruling dated Tuesday, Judge Peter Cahill found Chauvin abused his authority as a police officer when he restrained Floyd lastContinue reading “Ruling paves way for longer sentence in George Floyd’s death”

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